Welcome back to the virtual tour of some of the pieces in Stickley’s historic home! Did you see the last post on the library table in the living room? Today’s focus is on the chest of drawers in the master bedroom of the Log House.
#614 Chest of Drawers
Dimensions: 45″ W x 61 1/4″ H x 21 1/2″ D
Materials: Oak with copper hardware
Date: Ca. 1902 – 1903
Mark: Red joiner’s compass decal with “Stickley” in rectangle
Design: Attributed to LaMont Warner
Anonymous gift to The Craftsman Farms Foundation.
Stickley’s firm first offered a bedroom chest with frame-and-panel cabinet doors over stacked drawers in the catalog “Things Wrought by the United Crafts,” issued in January 1902. Though its design varied from the design of the chest of drawers now in the log house master bedroom, its dimensions were the same, it was cataloged as a #614 chest of drawers, and it too was offered with wrought iron or copper hardware. It was made with “Red Scented Cedar Drawer Bottoms,” a feature both pleasant and functional. Its $70.00 price tag made it one of the most expensive items offered in that early catalog.
Later in 1902 Stickley issued a set of “retail plates” which included a photograph of the #614 chest that had evolved from the earlier version. This second and final iteration did not have cedar-bottomed drawers, but its cabinets – perfect for storing top hats – were lined with that wood. It was given a projecting, bevel-edged cornice that emphatically capped the vertical case and cast shadows across the wooden surface as light conditions changed. The beauty of this rectilinear cabinet was further enhanced by its rich, brown-toned quarter sawn oak planks and by the light-catching pyramidal wood screws that fasten the hammered copper hardware to the drawer and door fronts. The #614 chest of drawers at Craftsman Farms has great presence. It is a large-scale, dramatically proportioned piece of furniture with the characteristic mass and rectilinearity of Stickley’s 1902 furniture production, the year his designers were working at their peak.
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