Library Table

Maker: Gustav Stickley (American, Osceola, Wisconsin 1858–1942 Syracuse, New York)

Date: ca. 1906

Geography: Made in New York, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Oak, leather

Dimensions: H. 30 in. (76.2 cm); Diam. 55 in. (139.7 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Cyril Farny, in memory of his wife, Phyllis Holt Farny, 1976

Accession Number: 1976.389.1

Description

Inspired by William Morris, Gustav Stickley founded The United Crafts (later known as Craftsman Workshops) in 1898. Stickley was greatly influenced by Ruskin and Morris, his travels to Europe, and important contemporary journals such as The Studio and Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration. Initially managing the firm as a guild, Stickley participated in profit-sharing with his employees, but as the operation grew, regular factory standards were implemented. The Craftsman line was introduced to the public in 1900. This hexagonal library table is made of oak with a leather top ostensibly adhered by overt circular tacks, and utilizes visible joinery with tenon-and-key joints. Illustrated in the November 1902 issue of The Craftsman, the Arts and Crafts periodical published by Gustav Stickley between 1901 and 1916, the hexagonal library table became a popular item in Stickley's sales inventory.

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