Grant Wood (1891-1942) for The Volund Crafts Shop candlesticks, pair Park Ridge, Illinois, circa 1914 copper stamped mark 4 13/16"sq x 11 1/4"h
Provenance: An Eastern Iowa Estate, 2007 Property from the Collection of Darcy L. Evon, Chicago, Illinois
Literature: Evon, Darcy L., Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry: 1890-1940, Schiffer Publishing, 2013, p. 84
Catalog Note: In 1909, between his junior and senior years of high school, Grant Wood travelled to Minneapolis to enroll in summer classes offered by The Handicraft Guild of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Director and Instructor Ernest A. Batchelder taught the School of Design and Crafts' Summer Session. It was during this time that Wood further immersed himself in the ideals of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, as a disciple under Batchelder. Wood co-founded the Loomwood Craft Shop with Kate Loomis in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1911 and the shop stayed in operation into 1913. Wood moved to Park Ridge, Illinois in 1913 and was an apprentice with The Kalo Shop under Kristoffer Haga (foreman of the jewelers), occasionally taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood and Haga co-founded the Volund Crafts Shop in the fall of 1914, which lasted through the end of 1915. Wood was the principal designer and both Wood and Haga would execute the works; however, Wood was the only one working in copper, reminiscent of his days with Loomis — while Haga was executing primarily jewelry in silver and gold, using the training from his native country of Norway. The hammer marks on this pair of candlesticks match other known objects that Wood created during the Loomwood Craft Shop years.