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American Decorative Arts
Designer: Gustav Stickley, American, 1858–1942
Manufacturer: Craftsman Workshops, 1904–1918
Maker: Eagle Lock Co.

Sideboard

1909–12

White oak; cupboard doors, quarter-sewn white oak veneer; case bottom, chestnut; drawer runners, birch; drawer bottoms, oak plywood

47 11/16 × 56 1/8 × 21 1/4 in. (121.2 × 142.5 × 54 cm)
other (Case): 49 3/4 × 20 5/8 in. (126.4 × 52.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Newman
1979.27
The Arts and Crafts movement drew much of its inspiration from vernacular sources. Gustav Stickley made sturdy, affordable furniture that looked simple and well-crafted. Most of this sideboard was fabricated using machine-powered tools; the look of honest hand-craftsmanship—seen in, for example, its hammered copper pulls—was for superficial, decorative effect. This sideboard thus embodies the contradictions of this style.
Geography: 
Made in Eastwood, New York
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Furniture
Provenance: 

Purchased at the New Haven Antiques Show, Spring 1979 from Handlebar Antiques, Los Angeles, Dr. and Mrs. Matthew Newman, to 1979; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Kevin Stayton, A Century of Tradition and Innovation in American Decorative Arts, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1979–80).

“Acquisitions 1979,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin 38, no. 1 (Fall 1980): 65.

Patricia E. Kane, “American Furniture in the Yale University Art Gallery,” Antiques 117, no. 5 (June 1980): 1326, fig. 14.

Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 9, 413, 436–38, no. 225, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 97, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.