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Gustave Stickley Desk

Gustave Stickley Writing Desk:

Large, handsome library desk or writing table in quarter-sawn brown oak with brass mounts. The rectangular work surface sits over an apron containing two drawers. One drawer locks (with a steel YALE M2 lock), and both drawers retain the original signature Stickley pulls, made of brass or bronze with an oxidized finish. A pair of stretchers, mortised and tenoned into the frame in typical Stickely style, support a shelf, which runs between the square legs and is in turn mortised into the stretchers. The whole sits upon square legs which are pegged into the apron and which are relieved by brackets running three-quarters the length of the legs and returning to the apron. The right hand (locking) drawer bears the red stenciled Stickley mark, "ALS IK KAN" inside a joiner's compass, as well as a tantalizing remnant of a paper label.

Desk measures: 39" W x 29 1/2" D x 30" H  In fine original condition throughout, showing minimal wear to the original finish. The top is made up of five oak boards, and there is a slight separation between two of the boards. (Please note: based on the mounting system, the top may or not be original, tho it looks "right" in every way.)

For shipping quote, please contact BOX BROTHERS SACRAMENTO at boxbrosacto@gmail.com  Please note: for in-warehouse pick up, WITHERELL'S does not provide porters or dollies.

Gustave Stickley (March 9, 1858 – April 21, 1942) was an American furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher and the chief proselytizer for the American Craftsman style, an extension of the British Arts and Crafts movement. 

In October 1901, Stickley published the first issue of THE CRAFTSMAN magazine, an important vehicle for promoting the Arts and Crafts philosophy as well as the products of his factory, within the context of articles, reviews, and advertisements for a range of products of interest to the homemaker. The magazine also featured articles by libertarian socialists.

Stickley's new furniture reflected his ideals of simplicity, honesty in construction, and truth to materials. Unadorned, plain surfaces were enlivened by the careful application of colorants so as not to obscure the grain of the wood, and mortise and tenon joinery was exposed to emphasize the structural qualities of the works. Hammered metal hardware, in armor-bright polished iron or patinated copper emphasized the handmade qualities of furniture which was fabricated using both handworking techniques and modern woodworking machinery, within Stickley's Eastwood, New York, factory. Dyed leather, canvas, terry cloth and other upholstery materials complemented the designs.

Those ideals--simplicity, honesty, truth--were reflected in his trademark, which includes the Flemish phrase ALS IK KAN, inside a joiner's compass. The phrase in generally translated "To the best of my ability". (biographical information courtesy of WikiPedia)

 

 

 

Condition:

Condition as stated.

Witherell's strives to provide as much information and as many photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's.

Please note: for in-warehouse pick up, WITHERELL'S provides neither porters nor dollies.

 

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$500
08/01/2019

 

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