Oscar Onken and The Shop of the Crafters at Cincinnati

by M.J. (Jé) McCracken and W. Michael McCracken



Finally – a book by Arts and Crafts authorities Je and Michael McCracken that presents a much-needed history of this company and its many unique Arts and Crafts furniture designs. Oscar Onken, the son of German immigrants, purchased The Shop of the Crafters from a business associate in 1904 and grew the business over the next several years. During this time the company came out with its signature line of “Crafters” inlaid furniture designed by the Hungarian Paul Horti whom Onken met at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition where Horti was curating the Hungarian exhibit.

This large format book includes a scholarly history of The Shop of the Crafters, a portfolio of stunning color photographs showing numerous forms of the company’s rare inlaid furniture, an unabridged facsimile of the company’s 32-page 1902 catalogue and the its 16-page Fall 1904 catalogue (neither previously reprinted), and additional 16 pages omitted from the previously reprinted 1906 catalogue, a 1907 sales pamplet showing additional furniture designs, and the complete 32-page issue of Volume 1, No. 1 of the company’s promotional magazine, The Lantern. This book is a must-have resource for any serious student of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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by M.J. (Jé) McCracken and W. Michael McCracken


Softcover; 160pp