Bay Area Copper, 1900-1950

Dirk van Erp & His Influence

by Gus Bostrom


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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.

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by Gus Bostrom


Softcover; 117pp