This holiday season we are pleased to offer six carefully selected titles - some new, some old - that capture the full breadth, genius and timeless appeal of the Arts and Crafts Movement. There is a newly reprinted book on color block prints of Frances Gearhart, a leading but perhaps underappreciated West Coast artist; there is the best-selling, now out-of-print, book on Gustav Stickley's "Craftsman" homes; a brand new book on Charles Rennie Mackintosh whose furniture and architecture designs were so influential in Britain, Europe, and America; books on Arts & Crafts gardens and Arts & Crafts jewelry and enamels; and a book that is the first and last word on California Faience pottery. - all in just these six offerings! Check them out!
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Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart by Victoria Dailey, Nancy F. Green, Susan Futterman
Frances Gearhart (1869-1959) was a leading color woodblock print artist of the early twentieth century based in Pasadena. The subject matter of her prints was primarily the beautiful landscape of California - its mountains and crags, hidden lakes, rivers and streams, shorelines, vistas, and trees. Clearly influenced by the teachings of Arthur Wesley Dow, Frances Gearhart's approach to printmaking was bold in her use of color and strong lines. Her prints in the Arts and Crafts style rank among the finest of the genre.
"Behold The Day" is the catalog that accompanied an exhibition of Gearhart's prints at the now-defunct Pasadena Museum of California Art in 2009-2010. It contains four scholarly, illustrated essays detailing the life and work of Frances Gearhart as well as more than 60 full-color, full-page reproductions of her woodblock prints. For years this excellent book was simply unavailable. This is a new, in-shrink-wrap, 2018 reprint of the original 2009 catalog. Softcover 2018 pp. 116
Stickley's Craftsman Homes by Ray Stubblebine
This book is a MUST for all Arts & Crafts enthusiasts. Author and professional photographer Ray Stubblebine spent ten years researching and documenting the 254 different homes built between 1904 and 1916 that are pictured and described in this hefty 528-page, seven-pound book. These authentic Stickley homes, which range from mountain camps to modest suburban bungalows to urban mansions, are presented by year of construction or presentation in Stickley's magazine, "The Craftsman". The book also contains an introduction to the Crabtree Farms museum in Highland Park, IL as well as Stickley's own Craftsman Farms museum in Morris Plains, NJ. The latter includes sepia photographs from Stickley's magazine contrasted with color photographs of the current restored house museum. The book is packed with original floor plans, sepia photographs from "The Craftsman", and color photos of the houses today. There is also a chapter on period Arts & Crafts color schemes. The hundreds of color photos present an endless stream of interior decorating ideas and landscaping plans. This is the ultimate Arts & Crafts coffee table book.
But fair warning - we have a very limited inventory of this now out-of-print book. We do not expect to be able to offer it again! Hardcover 528 pp
Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style by Alison Brown
In the final decades of the 19th century, the Glasgow Style introduced Art Nouveau in Britain and helped transform an industrial city into Scotland's premier cultural capital. The predominant force behind the Glasgow Style was Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an architect and designer who personified the movement's intellectual freedom, sensuality, and spirit of collaboration. Filled with color illustrations, archival materials, and essays, this volume explores every aspect of the Glasgow Style - from beautifully appointed homes and restaurants to everyday works of needlepoint, cups and saucers, stained glass windows, magazine illustrations, posters, furniture and textiles. It traces the birth of the Glasgow Style to The Glasgow School of Art, where Mackintosh met fellow students, including the very talented Margaret Macdonald (his future wife), who would form an avant garde circle nicknamed the "Immortals". Far-reaching and influential, the Glasgow Style improved nearly every facet of daily life. This book celebrates the immense achievements of Mackintosh and his fellow designers and highlights their impact in Britain, Europe, the United States and beyond. This book is the catalogue to accompany the seminal Mackintosh exhibition currently on view at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Hardcover 2019 pp. 184
Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement by Judith B. Tankard
Besides leaving its mark on building styles and decorative art, the Arts & Crafts era also significantly shaped garden design. Gardens of the Arts & Crafts Movement explores how celebrated artists of the movement such as William Morris and Gertrude Jekyll helped popularize the idea of the garden as an integral part of the home. Some of the chapters are: William Morris's Earthly Paradise; The Lure of the Cotswolds; The Art and Craft of Garden Making; Craftsman Style; and Beautiful Gardens in America. With archival images, period paintings, garden plans, and exquisite contemporary photographs, the author (a landscape historian who taught at Harvard University for twenty years) provides compelling insights into one of the most influential time periods in gardening. This book is for any homeowner who wants a beautiful and authentic Arts & Crafts landscape to complement their Arts & Crafts interior. Hardcover 2018 pp. 298
Creating Beauty-Jewelry and Enamels of the Arts & Crafts Movement by Rosalie Berberian
More than 530 beautifully photographed examples of jewelry and art-enamel work glow from the pages of this first comprehensive study of the work and aesthetic vision of the American Arts & Crafts Movement. The lives and art of the era's top craftsmen - 84 jewelers, enamelists, and metal smiths - are explained with careful consideration to the contexts and influences that shaped them. Dozens of artists and craftspersons are featured here, including Josephine Hartwell Shaw, Frank Gardner Hale, Robert Riddle Jarvie, the Kalo Shop, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the Roycrofters. Although jewelry and enamelwork pieces received appreciative critical acclaim in that period, during today's revival of interest in the American Arts & Crafts Movement they have attracted scant attention from art historians. This collection fills that void and is a valuable resource for collectors and historians. Each copy inscribed by the author. Hardcover 2019 pp.272
California Faience-Ceramics for Cottages and Castles by Kirby William Brown
This lavishly illustrated book (over 700 illustrations, most in color) is the catalogue that accompanied the extraordinary museum exhibition at the Crocker Museum in Sacramento, CA and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art in Pasadena. California Faience was one of the pioneering Arts and Crafts potteries on the West Coast in the early twentieth century. It operated in Berkeley, CA from 1913 to 1959, offering pottery and tiles of simple design with high quality glazes that found their way into humble cottages and even the Hearst Castle. Pottery for the people-even rich people! This book, written by a grandson of one of the founders, presents a comprehensive overview and history of California Faience and two related enterprises. This book is a must-have for anyone who collects or appreciates art pottery. Softcover 2015 pp. 280
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It is a week and a half to Christmas so we are beginning to wrap up our delivery in time for Christmas promises. As of this writing, everything shown in this email can be delivered in time for Christmas provided you order not later than early next week.
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