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On pierced and flared legs of stylized organic form, united by a star-shaped stretcher. 51cm (20in) high £1,800–3,000 CR The Craftsman – which also included articles by painters, poets, and authors – contained blueprints on how to make your own furniture. Gustav Stickley’s ideal was to encourage people to become craftsmen and to “make their own”, so as to enjoy the fruits of having created unique pieces for themselves. While this potentially cost Stickley sales of his own furniture, it cemented his place as the leader in his field – both as an expert furniture maker and as the leading proponent of Arts and Crafts in the United States.
The door to the upper section has elaborate copper hinges and a panel pierced with figures in a rural setting, above an open recess with pigeon holes and an extending work surface. 6cm (66in) high NPA 48 V&A C . F . A . V O Y S E Y Liberty & Co. L I B E R T Y & C O . KEY FEATURES Oak and mahogany was the favoured timber for commercially produced furniture by Liberty’s. Less expensive but no less innovative than the exclusive Simple construction, symmetrical design, and the restrained application of decorative motifs are among the most typical features of Liberty furniture.
The interior is lined with velvet. Signed “Bugatti” in red on the underside. 34cm (131⁄2 in) wide £6,000–9,000 MACK C A R L O B U G AT T I CORNERSTONE PIECE Inlaid sideboard with a hinged, vellum-covered, drop-down door on the rectangular upper section, enclosing shelving and small drawers. Further vellum-covered doors are in the base. The whole is contained within four turned and blocked supports, with overall brass, silver, ebony, and ivory inlays. 1900. 5cm (60in) wide £35,000–45,000 VZ Applied with embossed brass banding and woollen tassels Upper section shown open to reveal shelves and drawers, possibly for flatware Walnut, brass, and pewter strung desk.