Roycroft

Roycroft was the name given to a reformist community of crafters and artisans founded by Elbert Hubbard (pictured) in East Aurora, New York in 1894. The Roycrofters, as members of the community were called, consisted of some of the most skilled bookbinders, furniture makers and metal workers of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, including Karl Kipp, Frederick Kranz and William Wallace Denslow.

Elbert Hubbard was a successful salesman and part owner of Buffalo, NY-based Larkin Soap Company. Although the company had made him quite wealthy, Hubbard eventually lost interest in the soap industry, sold his share in the company and retired to East Aurora.

A man of many interests, Hubbard became infatuated with the polymathic ideals of the British Arts & Crafts movement and traveled to England to meet the pioneer of the movement, William Morris. Rebelling against the dehumanizing effects of the industrial age, Arts & Crafts designers like Morris championed handcraftsmanship and the integration of the arts in a decorative environment. Hubbard was so inspired by his visit that upon his return to East Aurora he founded a private printing shop to publish a magazine he dubbed The Philistine, which extolled the virtues of Arts & Crafts ideals. The Philistine became wildly popular, leading to the establishment of a nearby book bindery. A leather shop, metalsmith and furniture shop soon followed, each one bringing still more artisans and their families into the folds of the growing Roycroft community.

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Auction Results Roycroft

ROYCROFT, Table lamp, model 905 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Table lamp, model 905

estimate: $7,500–10,000
result: $17,500
ROYCROFT, rare cabinet, model 55 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare cabinet, model 55

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $16,250
ROYCROFT, table lamp | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

table lamp

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $11,875
ROYCROFT, rare cabinet, model 7 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare cabinet, model 7

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $11,875
ROYCROFT, Morris chair, model 43 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Morris chair, model 43

estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $10,000
ROYCROFT, rare cabinet, model 63 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare cabinet, model 63

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $10,000
ROYCROFT, Rare sideboard | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Rare sideboard

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,125
ROYCROFT, Lamp table | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Lamp table

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $7,500
ROYCROFT, rare Old Willow Stump bookends, pair | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare Old Willow Stump bookends, pair

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $7,500
ROYCROFT, vases, set of four | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

vases, set of four

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $7,500
ROYCROFT, Ali Baba bench from the Roycroft Inn, model 46 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Ali Baba bench from the Roycroft Inn, model 46

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $6,875
ROYCROFT, rare easel | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare easel

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,000
ROYCROFT, Carved Oak Motto | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Carved Oak Motto

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $4,375
ROYCROFT, Nightstand for the Grove Park Inn | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Nightstand for the Grove Park Inn

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $4,063
ROYCROFT, Rare cabinet | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Rare cabinet

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,063
ROYCROFT, rare drop-front desk, model 92 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

rare drop-front desk, model 92

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,750
ROYCROFT, Three-footed jardinière | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Three-footed jardinière

estimate: $3,000–4,000
result: $3,500
ROYCROFT, bracelets, set of five | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

bracelets, set of five

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $3,072
ROYCROFT, Table lamp | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Table lamp

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,875
ROYCROFT, Table lamp | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Table lamp

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,875
ROYCROFT, Carved motto | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Carved motto

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,750
ROYCROFT, hall chair, model 31 | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

hall chair, model 31

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,750
ROYCROFT, Tall American Beauty vase | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Tall American Beauty vase

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $2,375
ROYCROFT, Table lamp | ragoarts.com

Roycroft

Table lamp

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,125