William S. Rice, Art & Life
by Ellen Treseder Sexauer

William S. Rice (1873-1963) was one of the most gifted block print artists of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.  In 1910, Rice moved from Pennsylvania to the San Francisco Bay area where he found many of the subjects for his life's work, but he also travelled through the Southwest, to Alaska, and to Europe.  Wherever he went, Rice photographed, sketched and painted landscapes and seascapes, many of which became the basis of his block prints, etching and other works.  The author, Rice's granddaughter, illustrates her scholarly treatment of her subject with over 300 illustrations, many ful color illustrations of Rice's paintings and prints, along with many black and white drawings and family photographs. A more thorough and comprehensive treatment of Rice's life and work does not exist - this is the book to own and read and re-read.  No wonder that Rice's works are so collectible. [Note:  Rice's woodblock print, "Marsh Moon," sold at Treadway Toomey Auctions on December 5, 2015, for $2,125.]

Hardcover, 214 pp.  $55.00

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American Arts and Crafts Movement

Furniture of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, by David Cathers
Grand Rapids Art Metalwork
From Our Native Clay
Copyright 2019 Turn of the Century Editions

The American Arts & Crafts Movement

Grand Rapids Art Metalwork, by Don Marek 

This is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book by noted Grand Rapids authority Don Marek.  Forest Mann, The Forest Crafts Guild, Stickley Brothers and the rest of the Grand Rapids school of design in metalwork, plus jewelry, metal lamps, and "Russian hand beaten copper" - it's all here.

Hardcover, 144 pp, Publisher's price: $70; Our price $55.00

La Hacienda: The John L. Jerome Collection of Gustav Stickley, Text by Thomas K. Maher

This attractive hardcover book doubled as the catalog for the auction of one of the most important private collections of early Gustav Stickley furniture ever sold.  The auction was conducted on May 20, 2012 at the Toomey Auction Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois.  "La Hacienda" was an estate in Buffalo Park, Colorado designed and constructed by prominent Denver architect Frederick Sterner for John L. Jerome.  In July 1902 the home was decorated with Gustav Stickley furniture, William Morris wallpaper, and outfitted with Indian artifacts, an extensive book collection as well as Caproni plaster sculptural reliefs above several fireplaces.  All of these furnishing remained intact up until the sale.  The owner's taste in furniture was influenced by his visit to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York at which Gustav Stickley's furniture was exhibited.  The text of the book by noted author Thomas K. Maher describes how the house came to be built, biographical information about the Jeromes, how the house was furnished, and why the collection was sold.  Full color photos of early Gustav Stickley furniture in pristine condition, including many close-ups, illustrate the stunning beauty of this one-of-a-kind collection.

Hardcover, 62 pp; $25.00

Claude Bragdon & the Beautiful Necessity , edited by Eugenia Victoria Ellis and Andrea G. Reithmayr
 
Here is a scholarly book for serious Arts and Crafts enthusiasts who want to really drill down into the history of the movement. We can thank the Rochester Institute of Technology for publishing this excellent collection of essays about the life and work of Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) by leading authorities in the field. Who was Claude Bragdon? He was many things, including a furniture designer for Gustav Stickley, a respected pre-modern architect, book designer, poster artist, theatre lighting and set designer, and abstract painter. Among his artistic achievements was being the first to set colors to music. Besides the informative essays, the book includes 100 pages of photos and illustrations, most in color, showing the full scope of Claude Bragdon's many artistic achievements. There is also a chronology of his life and a full bibliography of his many writings.
 
Softcover, 220 pp; $20.00

Masterpieces of Art Pottery 1880-1930, by Ulysses Grant Dietz

For those who missed the exhibition, One Hundred Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930, that was presented by the Newark Museum between September 2009 and January 2010, reading this book will largely make up for it. Written by the museum's Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts, Ulysses Grant Dietz, the book provides a history of the museum's fabled pottery collection and the evolution of art pottery before, during and after the Arts and Crafts period. The author discusses each of the art pottery masterpieces in the book (actually there are 111 of them) and illustrates his history and commentary with beautiful color photographs not only of the pots but also of their makers' labels and marks. For the novice, this highly readable book is a great introduction to art pottery; for the experienced collector it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a world-class, museum quality collection without having to make the trek to Newark.

Softcover, 120 pp; Publisher's price $29.95, Our price $25.00

The Kaufman Collection, The Early Furniture of Gustav Stickley, * Text by Thomas K. Maher

This beautifully printed and illustrated hardcover volume documents the extraordinary collection of early (c. 1901-1904) Gustav Stickley furniture that was assembled in the 1970s and 1980s by Charles and Jane Kaufman. More than 60 pieces of Gustav Stickley furniture are shown in large color photographs, accompanied by model number, dimensions, condition report, provenance, pertinent references, and critical commentary. Most of these pieces are very rare, and appear only infrequently in museum exhibitions or public auctions. Chances are good you have never seen the actual forms shown in this book apart from catalogue reprints.

Hardcover, 108 pp; Our price $10.00 (out-of-print; limited quantity)

Redux - The Arts and Crafts Revival, 1972-2012, by Judith Budwig and Jeffrey Preston

The ongoing revival of the American Arts and Crafts movement is the subject of this lavishly illustrated book that focuses on the individuals and institutions that are responsible for the renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts nationwide. The fact is that the Arts and Crafts revival in the United States, still going strong, has lasted much longer than the original Arts and Crafts movement. This book chronicles, at times in a very personal way, the roles played by numerous collectors, scholars, authors, craftsmen, antiques dealers, galleries, auction houses, publishers, publications, furniture manufacturers, and foundations in fostering and promoting the Arts and Crafts in America today. If you want to know where the Arts and Crafts revival is headed, first take a look at from where it has come.

Softcover, pp. 387; Publisher's original price $65.00, Our price: $25.00

Bay Area Copper, 1900-1950, Dirk van Erp & His Influence, by Gus Bostrom

Dirk van Erp was arguably the greatest coppersmith of the American Arts & Crafts movement.  This scholarly book was published in 2012 to accompany an exhibition of the work of Dirk van Erp and other Bay Area coppersmiths in Oakland, California.  The book is based almost entirely on primary source material using period newspaper articles, census data, and museum archives.  The text is accompanied by many color photographs and illustrations.  Besides an exhaustive treatment of Dirk van Erp, the book covers such other metalsmiths as Harry St. John Dixon, D'Arcy Gaw (van Erp's first partner in San Francisco), August Tiesselinck (van Erp's nephew), van Erp's children, William and Agatha van Erp, Lillian Palmer, Hans Jauchen and Old Mission Kopper Kraft, and several others.   

Softcover, 117 pp; $40.00

From Our Native Clay, * by Dr. Martin Eidelberg

This book was prepared for an exhibition held at Christies New York in the summer of 1987. The 200 pieces of American art pottery were selected from private collections of American Ceramic Arts Society members. The book is printed in full color featuring pottery by Grueby, Teco, Rookwood, Marblehead, Ohr, Van Briggle, and others. Dr. Martin Eidelberg of Rutgers University served as editor for the book. The book presents a series of essays by Robert A. Ellison, Jr. on the history, techniques, and aesthetics of American art pottery. The catalog descriptions were written by Betty Hut. Both new and experienced collectors will find this comprehensive and beautiful book a valuable addition to their Arts and Crafts and art pottery libraries.

Softcover, 112 pp. $20.00

News From Nowhere, * by William Morris

First published in 1890, this highly readable book is perhaps William Morris' best-known prose work. The book presents a compelling portrait of an ideal society when a nineteenth century man (Morris) falls asleep in his own century and awakens in the twenty-second century to find England transformed into a socialist paradise. Or is it? Morris' utopian society rejects “state socialism” in favor of a system by which people live in harmony with the natural world. Capitalism has been eradicated by a workers' revolution, property is communal, and money is unnecessary. The citizens take pleasure in their work, which they regard as a form of creative expression. Crime is virtually non-existent in their perfect world, and women enjoy complete equality. Whatever you may think of Morris' prognostications, this book will reward you with insights that are relevant to some of the current political debates in the United States.

Softcover, pp. 193 $12.00

Arts & Crafts Shopmarks 1895-1940, * by Bruce E. Johnson

This book undertakes the gargantuan task of collecting and identifying the hundreds of shopmarks of (mostly) American makers of Arts & Crafts furniture, pottery and tiles, leatherwork, lighting and metalware. The book includes over 1200 such shopmarks and includes a brief description and the author's evaluation of the quality of each firm's work. Who knew there were so many shopmarks? If your piece of mission furniture has a label on it, the chances are that it is pictured in this book. The book contains other useful information, such as websites that are maintained by other individuals and groups who share their information on various Arts & Crafts makers and, for Roycroft and art pottery collectors, an appendix listing the individual decorator marks that allow identification of the specific craftsman who made or decorated the piece.

Softcover, 328 pp. $20.00

Stenciling the Arts & Crafts Home, by Amy A. Miller

This is the book to own if you are thinking about decorating your Arts and Crafts home with stenciling.  The book is a clear, simple guide to creating beautiful rooms and accessories in the Arts and Crafts style.  With wit and wisdom borne of many years of teaching and experience, the author guides you through set-up, choosing your color scheme, materials and paints, and the actual application.  The book includes vintage catalog illustrations and many full-color photographs.

Softcover, 128 pp; Publisher's price $24.95, Our price $20.00

Furniture of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, *
by David Cathers

Here is the updated and revised edition of David M. Cathers’ ground-breaking book on American Arts and Crafts furniture. Originally published in 1981, this revised edition provides authoritative information on Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops, the L. & J.G. Stickley Furniure Company, and the Roycroft Shops. The book was the first to trace the style and, through a richly detailed text and over 200 illustrations, provide a means for identification, dating, and subjectively evaluating many individual pieces. This extensively illustrated book is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the history of American decorative arts.

Softcover, 256 pp. $25.00

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Alfonso Iannelli - Modern By Design, by David Jameson

Who was Alfonso Iannelli? You will be amazed to learn the breadth and depth of this man's contributions to 20th century American art, architecture and design, spanning as he did the Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modernist periods . As an eighteen year-old, this Italian-American immigrant apprenticed to Gutzon Borglun working on NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine. In 1914 Frank Lloyd Wright asked Iannelli, then twenty-six, to sculpt the striking geometric "sprites" for Wright's landmark Chicago masterpiece, Midway Gardens. Iannelli went on to have a fascinating career that extended well into the 1960s, from groundbreaking modernist posters for Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater to his zodiac figures at the twelve corners of Chicago's Adler Planetarium to iconic industrial designs that found their way into most American households (remember the Oster Drink Mixer and the Sunbeam Coffeemaster?) This book is exhaustively researched and beautifully illustrated with over 470 illustrations and photographs, many in stunning color.

Hardcover, pp.364; Publisher's price $80.00; Our price $40.00

Dirk van Erp, by Gus Bostrom

Published in late 2014 as a follow-upto the author's acclaimed Bay Area Copper, 1900-1950, this beautifully illustrated book focuses on the life and work of Dirk van Erp, perhaps the greatest coppersmith of the American Arts and Crafts movement.  Van Erp's workshop was one of the few period craft shops to prosper throughout the Arts and Crafts period and continue successful operations into the 1970's.  The book was published to accompany a comprehensive exhibition of van Erp's work in Berkeley, CA in 2014, and includes many exquisite color photographs of van Erp's masterworks as displayed in the exhibition.  The scholarly test detailing the life of Dirk van Erp (and the life of his son William who continued the shop until his death in 1977) is based almost entirely on primary source material, using newspaper articles, census data, museum archives, and original photos and documents from the van Erp family.  This is perhaps the most complete and authoritative work published about the man and his work. 

Softcover, 165 pp; $40.00

Authentic Designs from the American Arts and Crafts Movement, *
Selected from Keramic Studio, edited by Carol Belanger Grafton with 436 Illustrations

This book is an invaluable pattern book for artists and craftspeople who are looking for Arts and Crafts designs to use in their work. The book reproduces over 400 authentic, copyright-free examples of Arts and Crafts designs that initially appeared in Keramic Studio magazine between 1906 and 1928. The book presents the designs of over 100 artists and identifies the artist who made each of the designs (not surprisingly, mostly women).

Softcover, pp. 121 $20.00

Gustave Baumann's Southwest, by Joseph Traugott, PhD

Early in his career, Gustave Baumann (1881-1971) lived in Chicago and spent time in rural Indiana, New England, and New York, but he found his true home in New Mexico.  He moved to Santa Fe in 1918 and spent the rest of his life there.  This hardcover volume presents over 50 color plates of the artists's woodblock prints and gouaches, with a scholarly essay by Joseph Traugott, PhD, curator of twentieth century art at the New Mexico Museum of Art.  This book is a wonderful introduction to the life and work of this talented and prolific Arts and Crafts printmaker.

Hardcover, 80 pp, $25.00

The Autobiography of Gustave Baumann
Edited by Martin Krause

Gustave Baumann (1881-1971), one of this country's greatest Arts and Crafts woodcut print makers, began his career as an artist in Chicago.  In 1905 at age 24 he took up traditional woodcut printmaking, and in 1910 he moved to Brown County, Indiana to make "good pictures at low cost."  Baumann later lived in the Northeast, but eventually settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he created many woodcut prints of the American Southwest.  Baumann wrote his autobiography as he was nearing 70 years of age.  This amazing new book, edited by Martin Krause, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, contains anecdotes of Baumann's town and family life and observations about society and the role of artists, interspersed with over 80 color reproductions of Baumann's prints and over 30 photographs of homes and family.  This is probably the best book ever published about Baumann and his entire life's work. [Note:  Baumann's woodblock print, "Cottonwood Tassels," sold at Treadway Toomey Auctions on March 5, 2016, for $21,960!]

Hardcover, 160 pp.  $40.00

 

The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, by Lawrence Kreisman and Glenn Mason

This is the first comprehensive exploration of the Arts and Crafts legacy in the Pacific Northwest.  It traces the movement from its nineteenth-century English beginnings to its flowering in Washington and Oregon through the 1920s and beyond.  You will meet the architects, artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, and smaller communities throughout the region in their own words in journal entries, letters, articles and promotional materials of the period. Included are public and private architecture, furniture, pottery and tile, metalwork lighting, leaded and stained glass, jewelry, textiles, basketry and the influence of Native American arts, painting and printmaking, photography, graphic arts, and book design. Beautifully illustrated with nearly 400 photographs and period graphics.

Hardcover, 400 pp.  $24.95

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

This is a high quality facsimile edition of William Morris's Kelmscott Press edition of Chaucer's works, including 87 full-page woodcut illustrations by the artist Edward Burne-Jones.  The Kelmscott Chaucer is probably the finest example of book design and publishing in the Arts and Crafts tradition.

Hardcover, 576 pp. $55.00

English Arts & Crafts Furniture - Projects and Techniques for the Modern Maker, by Nancy R. Hiller

Caution: This is a book for the serious Arts & Crafts woodworker.  True to its title, the book presents detailed plans and commentary about three specific projects:  a Voysey two-heart chair, a Harris Lebus sideboard, and a Hayrake dining table.  But it is so much more. There is an introductory chapter on the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain and how the Arts and Crafts philosophy influenced early 20th century design and specifically the furniture that is the subject of the book.  The book is lavishly illustrated with dozens of color photographs and detailed plans and specifications.

Hardcover, 144 pp. $37.00

Gustave Baumann - Views of Brown County
Edited by Martin Krause

This book is Gustave Baumann's own description of Brown County, Indiana, the artists' colony that he helped establish there, and the time he spent living there (1910 to 1916) before moving on to Santa Fe.  Also included is a scholarly essay by the editor (perhaps the nation's leading authority on Baumann), and over fifty color reproductions of Baumann's beautiful prints of Brown County's countryside.  There are also dozens of historical photographs and a timeline of Baumann's time in Brown County. This is an excellent companion volume to Gustave Baumann's Southwest (offered below).

Hardcover, 160 pp.  $35.00

Reconfiguring Harvey Ellis, by Eileen Manning Michels

If you think you already know what there is to know about Harvey Ellis, think again!  This very thorough treatment of Harvey Ellis, the artist, architect and designer, the product of many years of research, was first published in 2004 but received little publicity at the time and has been virtually unobtainable until very recently.  The author, an emeritus professor at the University of St. Thomas and one of Minnesota's most eminent architectural historians, began this work as a master's thesis in 1953.  The large-format, hardcover book is a highly readable, comprehensive biography of one of the most talented and brilliant yet enigmatic characters of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.  A chapter on Ellis's career as a painter and teacher includes color renditions of several of this hitherto little-known paintings.  The author also devotes two chapters to Ellis's work for Gustav Stickley, including one chapter that questions the orthodox view that Harvey Ellis's principal legacy is his role as a furniture designer for Stickley.  This book is must reading for all serious students of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

Hardcover, 364 pp. $60.00

Creating Beauty: Jewelry and Enamels of the American Arts & Crafts Movement
by Rosalie Berberian

More than 530 beautifully photographed examples of jewelry and art-enamel work glow from the pages of this first comprehensive study of the work and aesthetic vision of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. The lives and art of the era's top craftsmen - 84 jewelers, enamelists, and metalsmiths - are explained with careful consideration to the contexts and influences that shaped them. Dozens of creators are featured here, including Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Frank Gardner Hale, Robert Riddle Jarvie, the Kalo Shop, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Roycroft.  Although jewelry and enamelwork pieces received appreciative critical acclaim in that period, during today's revival of interest in the American Arts & Crafts Movement, they have attracted scant attention from art historians.  This collection fills that void and is a valuable resource for collectors and historians.

Hardcover, 272 pp. $60.00
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