Designed by Gustav Stickley (American, Osceola, Wisconsin 1858–1942 Syracuse, New York)
Made in Eastwood, New York, United States
White oak, poplar, cast iron
39 1/2 x 48 x 21 1/2 in. (100.3 x 121.9 x 54.6 cm)
Gift of Edgar O. Smith, 1981
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
In 1899, Gustav Stickley, a leading designer and proselytizer of the American Arts and Crafts movement, founded the Craftsmen Workshops (called United Crafts before 1904) to manufacture his line of furniture. Simply designed for ease of manufacture, Craftsman furniture was modestly priced to appeal to the average American. The massive tenon-and-key joints protruding from the ends of this sideboard and the bold butterfly joints on the doors are typical of early Stickley designs in which structural elements are accentuated for decorative effect. The 1901 Stickley catalogue "Chips from the Workshops of Gustave [sic] Stickley, Syracuse, N.Y., U.S.A." illustrated this form as "Side Board No. 901." The sideboard bears a decal with an early Stickley mark, used only in 1902 and 1903, as well as the label of a retailer. The square, faceted iron drawer pull on the sideboard is found most often in pieces dating from 1901 to 1903, but this hardware continued to be offered in Stickley sales catalogue until at least 1905.
Inscription: red decal on the back at center of backboard: Als / ik / kan [surrounded by joiner's compass] / Stickley [in script within a rectangle into which compass points terminate]; label below decal, paper affixed with two upholstery tacks: G. W. RICHARDSON & SON / AUBURN, N.Y. / ESTABLISHED 1812.