Elbert Hubbard: An American Original

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Premiering tonight on PBS (check here for local listings), Elbert Hubbard: An American Original offers a sweeping profile of the arts and crafts visionary and founder of East Aurora, New York’s Roycroft community. Charting the controversial and often contradictory course of Hubbard’s personal and professional lives, this documentary film by Paul Lamont includes wonderful archival footage as well as interviews …

Queries: Jewelry designer and metal artist Marie Zimmermann

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The versatile jewelry designer and metalsmith Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972) is the subject of a forthcoming monograph sponsored by the American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1879, Zimmermann’s training in the arts began with courses in drawing, painting, and modeling at the Art Students League in New York likely followed by courses in art metalwork at …

Maher’s Moment: A Prairie School master emerges

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George Washington Maher (1864-1926) based his long architectural career on what he called “motif rhythm theory.” In designing scores of houses around the Midwest, the Chicago architect gave each building its own distinctive floral pattern; hollyhocks, thistles, or lilies, modeled after local flowers, coursed through everything from the column capitals to the glass-mosaic fireplaces (such as the one illustrated below …

Arts and crafts silver

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Old silver is a classic collecting field, one that combines the aesthetic pleasures of imaginative design, fine workmanship, and history. In the often hotly competitive field of American silver, the latest area to fire the acquisitive imagination seems to be the arts and crafts style.   Origins and styleThe idealized image of medieval craftsmen lovingly, indeed religiously, producing works of …

Stickley in Dallas

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Gustav Stickley is well-known for his American arts and crafts furniture, characterized by its sturdy and utilitarian appearance. While he promoted the idea of handcrafted furniture, as a businessman, mindful of cost, he took full advantage of the available technology of the time. His emphasis on structure with simple, or better yet, no applied decoration, however, put him in the …

Skinner, Inc. to Go Live

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Signaling the expanding presence of regional and specialty auction houses on the web, Skinner, Inc. recently announced that it would bring its auctions online in spring 2009.   Skinner-Live!, a live online bidding applet, will make it possible for bidders to compete in Skinner auctions in real time from the company’s own website.  While other auction houses have partnered with …