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Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 10:00 AM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5000 Lot 15

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.

Estimate $20,000-30,000

Sold for $25,000