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November 26, 2013

Father of the American Arts and Crafts movement

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Albert Stickley formed the Stickley Brothers company in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1891 with John George Stickley. While many consider this furniture to be a derivative of Gustav’s, one cannot dispute the quality of his work especially his inlaid Arts & Crafts furniture.

Leopold and John George Stickley, produced furniture for Toby Furniture in Chicago.Their own company L&LG Stickley opened in 1907, making furniture from 1907-1912 with a decal that read, “Handcraft L&JG Stickley”. In 1912, the furniture signature changed to “The Work of L&JG Stickley”.

The taste of the American public changed and they began to reject Gustav Stickleys simple furniture designs, forcing him into bankruptcy in 1915. The man considered by many to have been the “Father of the American Arts and Crafts Movement” died in 1942.

The casual elegance of Mission style furniture has seen a revival in recent years as decorators once again realize it’s warmth and versatility. It’s increasing popularity has driven up the price forcing many to turn to reproduction. Exercise caution if buying “new” Mission furniture as the construction and materials are in many cases low quality. Some of the finest “modern mission” furniture is made by the L&LG Stickley Company. It can be found online and in select fine furniture galleries. Until next time............Linda

{Linda Hamer Kennett is a professional liquidation consultant specializing in down-sizing for seniors and the liquidation of estates and may be reached at 317-429-7887 or lkennett@indy.rr.com}

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