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.  $60.00

Publishers of Books about the
American Arts and Crafts Movement

Furniture of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, by David Cathers
Grand Rapids Art Metalwork
From Our Native Clay
Copyright 2017 Turn of the Century Editions

Building with Nature - Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home, by Leslie M. Freudenheim

This book "delves into the international and California inspiration behind the American Arts and Crafts expression in architecture.  Fascinating and amusing material from previously unpublished letters and documents, as well as some never-before-published photographs support this bold and completely revised edition of the classic work in its field.  The book focuses on the largely unknown yet exceedingly charismatic Swedborgian minister Reverend Joseph Worcester, a serious student of architecture, and the quiet revolution he created as he turned Californians, and eventually Americas, towards the Arts and Crafts movement.  He and his friends launched the first Arts and Crafts society in the United States (founded in San Francisco in 1894). They encouraged less materialism through architecture that complemented a simpler life in tune with nature, helping to launch the Craftsman movement across America."

Hardcover, 230 pp. Publisher's Price: $45.00  Our Price $25.00

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

Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry 1890-1940, by Darcy L. Evon

This book is a beautifully illustrated history of the jewelry and metalwork industries in Chicago and the Midwest during the American Arts and Crafts movement. Building on Sharon Darling's now-classic Chicago Metal-Smiths book published thirty-five years earlier, this book introduces dozens of new crafts workers, companies and hallmarks, and corrects misidentified artisans, marks and information. The author's research included dozens of interviews with family descendants; access to the original files for Chicago Metal-Smiths; newspaper and magazine archives; city directories and art directories; vital records, military and real estate archives, and study of numerous collections. In addition to thorough treatment of Chicago-area metalsmiths, the author describes and illustrates the work of regional Arts and Crafts firms located in outstate Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Hardcover, 288 pp; Publisher's price $79.99, Our price $75.00

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; $25.00

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

Artists, Architects & Artisans, Canadian Art 1890-1918, National Gallery of Canada 2013 (Charles C. Hill, General Editor)
 
This massive, lavishly illustrated exhibition catalog confirms what many of us have long suspected but knew little about - that the Arts and Crafts movement exerted a powerful influence not just in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States, but also in Canada. Published to accompany a landmark exhibition at Ottawa's National Gallery of Canada (November 2013 - February 2014), this work brings together essays by eight learned Arts and Crafts scholars covering the entire Arts and Crafts tableau: Painting, sculpture, architecture, furniture, printed works (bookplates, calendars, and other ephemera), metalwork, photography, and city planning. The book also includes brief descriptions of leading Canadian firms that produced Arts and Crafts objects and brief biographies of the leading Canadian Arts and Crafts artists, architects and artisans. The book is beautifully illustrated.

Softcover, 340 pp; $55.00

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

* Indicates book is eligible for the special offer "The Works" - click here for details .

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 Arts and Crafts Movement
by Rosalind P. Blakesley

This elegant volume is a scholarly, comprehensive survey of all aspects of the Arts and Crafts Movement, from its philosophical origins in Victorian England to its later manifestations in Austria, Germany, Russia, Hungary, Scandinavia and, of course, the United States.  The author, a Senior Lecturer at Cambridge University, charts the course of the movement in all media, including painting, crafts, and architecture, and examines the theory and philosophy behind a variety of seminal pieces, including fine examples of work by C.R. Ashbee, Edward Bourne-Jones, Charles and Henry Greene, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris, Philip Webb, Gustav Stickley, the Roycrofters, and Frank Lloyd Wright.  This lavishly illustrated (in color) book features extensive archival material, previously unpublished works, and groundbreaking new research.  If you are looking for one comprehensive, authoritative text that explains and illustrates the Arts and Crafts Movement throughout the entire western world, this is the book to read and enjoy.

Hardcover, 272 pp.  Publisher's price $75.00; Our price $50.00

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

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