Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) two-door bookcase, #544 Eastwood, New York, circa 1901-1902 oak, copper signed with red decal 62 1/2"w x 12 1/4"d x 56 1/4"h
Provenance: Robert Skinner Gallery, 1982 Charles and Jane Kaufmann, 1982-1996 The Kaufmann Collection: The Early Furniture of Gustav Stickley, John Toomey Gallery, 1996 Private Collection Treadway Toomey Auctions, 05 December 1999, Lot 263 Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
Literature: A similar example is illustrated in Gray, Stephen, The Early Works of Gustav Stickley, Turn of the Century Editions, 1987, p. 97 (1902 Retail Plates).
Catalog Note: The following was included in The Kaufmann Collection: The Early Furniture of Gustav Stickley, text by Thomas K. Maher:
This 62" version, with mitered mullions and v-board back, was used on five bookcases from 1901-1903. Later bookcases were reduced to 60" in width, and examples of Stickley bookcases from 1904 were produced with mitered mullions and a paneled back. This was a transitional compromise that was changed as then seen in the circa 1904-1906 bookcases with mullioned strips and paneled backs.
The original finish and the massive scale of the piece make this example the most important of Stickley's early bookcase designs. Three other examples are known with the later oval ring pull hardware.