by Kate Nixon Hosting nearly 400 lots of prints, sculpture, furniture, lighting, metalwork, jewelry, and textiles, Toomey & Co’s Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts auction brought the popularity of the Arts and Crafts style once again to Oak Park, Illinois and to online collectors. The June 9th auction boasted a number of important art, furniture, metalwork, lighting, jewelry, and silver, while the number of quality of Roycrofters furniture was a major standout for a number of Arts & Crafts era collectors and a number of important works were offered like Frank Lloyd Wright designed chairs from Chicago’s …
Like many of you, here in Western North Carolina we have had to learn to share our backyards and gardens with whitetail deer. More recently, as our urban sprawl has invaded their natural habitat, we have also experienced a growing number of encounters with black bears, especially the night before trash pickup. A few months ago, I leaned into one of our windows to peer out onto our dark deck, only to discover a mother bear leaning in to look at me. Startled, we both jumped back, before she and her cub quickly shimmied down the poplar tree next …
by Kate Nixon The appeal of Rookwood pottery will be put on display during Keramics & Rookwood: American & European Art Pottery, a special curated auction from Toomey & Co Auctioneers. This special 412 lot auction, curated by Toomey & Co’s Riley Humler, will highlight the wide variety of creative works of Rookwood Pottery, many of them early examples. Works by founder Maria Longworth Nichols Storer, Kataro Shirayamadani, Carol Schmidt, Harriet E. Wilcox, Sara Sax and other important artists will appear in the June 17th auction. Notable Rookwood examples include an early earthenware vase by Maria Longworth with dragons …
April 29th - "The Printmakers of Arroyo Seco" - a Zoom Talk with Susan Futterman, researcher on Pasadena print artists of the Arts and Crafts period. 5 PM Pacific. For more info and to sign up, click here.
May 1st - Design & History: The Past is Always Present Charles Eastlake and Design Reform in the Late 19th Century, online class hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. https://www.stickleymuseum.org/design-history-part-2/
May 2nd – (virtual) Murphy House Virtual Tour and Book Talk (FLW). https://savewright.org/events/conservancy-events/
May 6th – (virtual) Art Lottery at the Roycroft Campus. 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern. https://www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com/artlottery/
May 8th – (virtual) William Morris Wallpapers by the Emery Walker House: https://www.emerywalker.org.uk/copy-of-events
May 8th - Design & History: The Past is Always Present Classical Splendor in the Modern World: The White City and the Columbian Exposition, online class hosted by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. https://www.stickleymuseum.org/design-history-part-2/
Whether it be a museum with an Arts & Crafts collection, a nearby Prairie School home, a bungalow neighborhood, an Arts & Crafts gallery or a Frederick Law Olmstead park, just being able to add an Arts & Crafts side trip to our journey would add to our enjoyment and our education.
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how valuable is a video?
Here at ArtsandCraftsCollector.com we have been busy making brief, informative videos to educate and instruct viewers in a variety of aspects of Arts & Crafts collecting.
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We are currently in the process of collecting, organizing, identifying and displaying on this website as many Arts & Crafts shopmarks as possible. And like our Reference Library, we need your help. While we have documented the shopmarks of the major Arts & Crafts firms, we need for you to email us a photograph of any shopmarks you have from lesser known firms, along with a brief description of the piece.
As both a collector and a researcher, I have often wished there was one site where every book ever written on the Arts & Crafts movement was listed. Now that place exists. Together we can compile on this website a list of every book of interest to Arts & Crafts collectors. All you have to do is pull some of the books off your bookshelf (go for the less obvious ones – and check below for duplicate entries) and email me the title, author, publisher and most recent copyright date. I will sort them by category and list them here so that anytime you or anyone else wants to research anything relating to the Arts & Crafts movement, you will start your search here.
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