Gustav Stickley ( American, 1858 - 1942 )
The Craftsman Workshops ( American, 1903 - 1916 )
- c. 1909
This letter opener is part of a desk set intended for a library or a study and was produced around 1909, when they were first offered in the Craftsman Workshops’ catalogues. The hammer marks and rivets on its otherwise unadorned surfaces expose the processes of its making and therefore emphasize handcraftsmanship, a central tenet of Arts and Crafts philosophy. The medievalist tendencies of the movement are also evident in the original dark patina that suggests the passage of time.
Kevin Tucker, DMA unpublished material, 2010.
- This desk set was first advertised in the Craftsman Workshops' 1909 Catalogue of Craftsman Furniture. The components of the nine-piece set were available individually; the Dallas Museum of Art's example lacks the blotter pad. Explore the 1909 Catalogue of Craftsman Furniture on the Internet Archive.
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