Gustav Stickley 1858–1942

Gustav Stickley, whose name is synonymous with Craftsman furniture, was a visionary American proponent for the Arts and Crafts philosophy in design, literature, and life. At the peak of his career, his furniture was sold throughout the country, Craftsman houses built in many areas, and The Craftsman magazine widely read. After bankruptcy in 1915, Stickley was largely forgotten until the 1970s, when his importance as a designer was rediscovered by a new generation.

The eldest son of first generation German immigrants, Stickley was born into a family that owned furniture-manufacturing businesses. He found inspiration in the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris and the well-built, hand-crafted furniture and the brotherhood of honest labor they espoused. In 1898 he established the Gustav Stickley Company in Eastwood, a suburb of Syracuse, New York. He adopted a William Morris motto, "Als ik kan" ("If I can") and used the symbol of a medieval joiner’s compass as his trademark.

Stickley’s furniture was a radical departure from the American furniture of the Victorian era. Surfaces were unadorned, mortise and tenon joinery and wood grain exposed. The hammered metal hardware underscored the artisanal look of furniture, which was fabricated both by hand and by contemporary woodworking machines.

Auction Results Gustav Stickley

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Exceptional and rare lantern | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Exceptional and rare lantern
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $68,750

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Rare Monumental Andirons (no. 348) | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Rare Monumental Andirons (no. 348)
estimate: $12,500–17,500
result: $30,000

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Rare early sideboard (model 961) | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Rare early sideboard (model 961)
estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $18,750

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Leather-top Hexagonal Table | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Leather-top Hexagonal Table
estimate: $7,500–10,000
result: $17,500

GUSTAV STICKLEY, early and rare tile-top tabouret, model 45 | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

early and rare tile-top tabouret, model 45
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $16,250

GUSTAV STICKLEY, knock-down settle, model 210 | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

knock-down settle, model 210
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,875

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Bride's chest | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Bride's chest
estimate: $7,500–9,500
result: $10,625

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Knock-down settle, model 210 | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Knock-down settle, model 210
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $9,375

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Early double-door bookcase | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Early double-door bookcase
estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $8,125

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Rare and Early writing table, model 417 | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Rare and Early writing table, model 417
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Spindled cube settle | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Spindled cube settle
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Child's wardrobe (No. 920) | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Child's wardrobe (No. 920)
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Spindled loveseat | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Spindled loveseat
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $6,250

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Settle (No. 222) | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Settle (No. 222)
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $6,250

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Early server | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Early server
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $6,250

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Double-door china cabinet | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Double-door china cabinet
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $6,250

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Single-door china cabinet | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Single-door china cabinet
estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $5,938

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Four high-back spindled dining chairs | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Four high-back spindled dining chairs
estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $5,625

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Early trestle table | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Early trestle table
estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $5,625

GUSTAV STICKLEY, music cabinet, model 70W | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

music cabinet, model 70W
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,313

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Early server | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Early server
estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $5,313

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Single-door bookcase | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Single-door bookcase
estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $5,313

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Pair of early dining chairs | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Pair of early dining chairs
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $5,000

GUSTAV STICKLEY, Rare luncheon table | ragoarts.com

Gustav Stickley

Rare luncheon table
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $5,000