Expert David Rudd is American Bungalow’s knowledgeable guide into the fascinating and often confusing world of antiques. Send your questions and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and share your find with other readers. We look forward to hearing from you.
David Rudd is president of the Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York and owner of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse; visit his shop at daltons.com. The opinions expressed in this column are David’s own.
From Winter 2016 Issue 92
Q. I am hoping you will be able to help with a question about this Arts and Crafts pottery. It is a hanging pot for plants that, if the family stories are correct, was purchased by my grandfather at the Chicago Colombian Exposition in 1893. I have located pictures of this design of pottery in Barbara Mayer’s book In the Arts and Crafts Style, but neither the company nor potter was specifically identified. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
O’Shella Gatling and
Dear O’Shella and Roy,
Your hanging stoneware planter was produced by the Roseville Pottery Company around 1916 and you are correct, it is in the Arts and Crafts style. I believe it was meant to look like mosaic tiles set in cement. Two color backgrounds were used, tan and gray. There are reprinted catalogs. I counted the number of forms done in the Mostique line, and there were nearly 80 different pieces. They produced vases, bowls, planters, hanging baskets, jardinieres and bowls. This is one of the more affordable lines that Roseville pro-duced.
Thanks for sending in a picture!
Q. Attached are pictures of a rocker from Grandma and Grandpa. A family treasure for as long as I can remember. I’m looking for information about when it was made and how old it is. Not for sale ever. It still has the same creaks and groans from some 60 years ago when Grandma rocked me to sleep.
As the label reads, the Wisconsin Chair Company produced primarily chairs. They did not specialize in any particular style, con-centrating on what was popular at the time. They produced Victorian styles right through Arts and Crafts and into the 1902s Colonial Revival styles. I can’t say they were the innovators of using laminated panels in their construction, but they did make use of the technology of the time. This seemed to be dropped by them by 1920 or so.
Your chair was probably produced in the mid to late teens.
Cherry Valley Furniture
Not a week goes by without an inquiry on Stickley Cherry Valley furniture. During the 1920s, many furniture companies responded to the Colonial Revival period by producing Colonial reproductions of Early American furniture. One of the most successful of these companies was the L&JG Stickley Company. Their line, known as Cherry Valley Furniture, was one of the highest production quality furniture lines one could buy.
The problem is that the name “Stickley” is immediately associated with high value.
The Cherry Valley furniture line is an interpretation of 18th and early 19th century designs. The furniture they were producing were not exact reproductions, they were interpretations of original designs. Craftsman or Mission style furniture consisted of innovative design, and was the beginning of the modern movement, the beginning of the 20th century. This is why it’s collected.