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Gustav Stickley Furniture

Gustav Stickley (USA, 1858-1942)

Gustav Stickley was one of the principal figures in the American Arts and Crafts movement and creator of the Craftsman style. As a furniture designer and publisher of the magazine The Craftsman, he adopted many of the ideals of British design reform movement and popularized both its philosophy and its aesthetics in the United States.


Born in Wisconsin, Stickley moved with his family to Pennsylvania when he was a teenager and began working in his uncle’s chair factory in the town of Brandt. There, he learned the techniques of the late-19th-century furniture making at a time when the vogue was for Victorian revival furniture, characterized by extensive ornamentation. In 1883, Stickley established a furniture company with two of his brothers. When that foundered, he partnered five years later, with salesman Elgin Simonds, to form a new firm, which produced traditional furniture that appealed to the burgeoning American middle class. The success of this venture enabled Stickley to travel to Europe, where he discovered the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris, the two preeminent thinkers of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Stickley also traveled to France, where the Art Nouveau movement impressed him with its imaginative designs and skilled craftsmanship.


Stickley parted ways with Simonds at the turn of the 20th century, and decided to focus his creative energies on producing furniture in what became known as the Craftsman style, incorporating some of the elements of the designs and movements he had encountered in Europe. The pieces he created, which he stamped with the logo of a joiner’s compass, were rectilinear, largely free of ornament, made of oak, and built in such a way that the nature of their construction was plainly visible — all reflections of the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. His benches and rocking chairs were popular, and his leather-upholstered armchairs combined practicality, comfort and an understated silhouette. He also made side tables, like this unusual example, adorned with an octagonal Grueby Pottery tile in a cool shade of green, whicht makes it an ideal piece for an Art Pottery collector.


In 1901, Stickley launched The Craftsman magazine, which contained articles on all manner of domestic topics, from gardening and cooking to art and design, as well as poetry and fiction. In addition to popularizing Stickely’s own designs, the magazine acquainted Americans with the Arts and Crafts style in all its forms through its graphic design and the bungalows, art pottery, and hammered-copper lamps pictured in its pages. It also encouraged readers to practice craft themselves, promoting an early form of the do-it-yourself ethos. In 1904, Stickley founded the Craftsman Home Builders' Club, which allowed subscribers to the magazine to order architectural plans for the Arts and Craftsstyle structures that were featured in its pages; eventually this became one of its most popular features.


An ill-timed attempt to set up a New York showroom led to Stickley’s filing for bankruptcy in 1915. The outbreak of World War I, waning interest in the Arts and Crafts style, and increased competition all conspired to thwart Stickley's efforts. The Craftsman ceased publication a year later. When he died, in 1942, Arts and Crafts had been replaced by modernism as the favored aesthetic. It enjoyed a resurgence, however, the 1970s, and Stickley is now regarded as one of the most important American designers in the first half of the 20th century.

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Early Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Slat Back Rocker, circa 1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Big Flats, NY
An early Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts Mission oak rocker offers slat back with leatherette back and seat cushion, original finish, circa 1910 Measures - 36.25" H x 25.5" W x 27.5...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Faux Leather, Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Round Dining Table, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional mission Arts & Crafts quarter sawn oak round dining or center table By Gustav Stickley (original branded label) Eastwood, NY, circa 1900 Measures: 49....
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley #717 Oak Double Door Bookcase
By Gustav Stickley, Craftsman Studio
Located in Garnerville, NY
Gustav Stickley #717 American quarter sawn oak double door bookcase. Original handwrought copper hardware, glass and finish. Exposed Tenon and dowel construction. The mullions are al...
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1910s American Arts and Crafts Vintage Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper, Iron

Gustav Stickley Oak Armchair with Red Velvet
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Antwerp, BE
Arts & Crafts, Gustav Stickley, USA, circa 1900 An iconic chair by the master of American Arts & Crafts. Solid oak piece that fit's well in a rustic modern inspired decor.  
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Early 20th Century North American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Velvet, Oak

Andy Warhol's Six Stickley Dining Chairs from the Factory and Extending Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A rare piece of cultural history of international significance, offered here are six signed, circa 1918, quarter sawn oak mission style Stickley Brothers chairs which were used by Am...
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1910s American Arts and Crafts Vintage Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Rare Gustav Stickley Grueby Tile-Top Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in New York, NY
A rare Gustav Stickley and Grueby Pottery table, circa 1901. Model no. 53-T, inset with hexagonal green-glazed tile top tabouret. Would make a nice complement to a Mission or Arts &...
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Early 20th Century Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Pottery, Oak

Signed Stickley Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Armchair with Leather Pad Upholstery
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Milford, NH
A solid oak Stickley Arts & Crafts Mission armchair with cranberry color leather pad upholstery, with the Stickley Craftsman Workshops brand, dating the piece to circa 1912-1916. Gus...
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Early 20th Century American Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Gustav Stickley Settle #225 Even Arm Brown Leather Mission Oak Arts & Crafts
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gustav Stickley settle #225 even arm brown leather Mission oak Arts & Crafts. Item features brown leather spring seat cushion, leather pillows, model #225, five vertical slats, solid...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Arts Crafts Oak Glass Door China Cabinet Curio Bookcase
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Authentic Gustav Stickley Mission Arts & Crafts oak and glass two-door China cabinet. Item features solid oak wood construction, beautiful wood grain, two swing doors with eight pane...
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Early 1900s American Mission Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Glass, Oak

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