These Humbler Metals: Arts and Crafts Metalwork from the Two Red Roses Foundation Collection
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The Arts and Crafts Movement in America was marked by the spirit of reform and the belief that traditional craftsmanship could ennoble a society overcome by rampant industrialization. Simplicity in style and honesty in construction had the power to transform utilitarian object into a beautiful one, enhancing the lives of both maker and user. It is a belief illustrated by the metalwares produced by Arts and Crafts artisans during the early twentieth century. From vases, bowls, and candlesticks to andirons, trays, and bookends, the dignity of labor and the value of good design were made visible in hand-hammered copper, molded bronze and cast silver.
This book explores the metalwork of eleven designers and craftsmen from the Arts and Crafts era, including Gustav Stickley, Karl Kipp, Dirk van Erp, and the Roycrofters. Hundreds of color photographs showcase more than two hundred objects - all selected from the Two Red Roses Foundation's extensive collection - where archival images of design sketches and magazine advertisements highlight the philosophy and working method behind these artisans and their creations.
The mission of the Two Red Roses Foundation is to promote understanding of the American Arts and Crafts movement through the collection, conservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the decorative and fine arts. With more than 1,720 objects made between 1900 and 1930, the collection includes rare and often unique works by leading craftsmen and artists of the early twentieth century.
Dimensions: 9" x 12", ISBN: 9780615988696 Pages: 274.