The staying power of Stickley furniture is virtually unmatched

Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

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Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
Flying well above its conservative estimate of $1,500-$2,000, a circa-1902 Stickley leather top gaming table took $67,500 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2021. Image courtesy of Abington Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK – With its back-to-basics approach to furniture making, the Stickley brand has become known for fine American craftsmanship. Stickley furniture has not only survived but flourished during the last century and a half.

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Stickley furniture the focus at California Historical Design’s Arts & Crafts sale Dec. 9

Gustav Stickley 1902 bridal chest, $15,000-$20,000 at California Historical Design.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Fine furniture from the Stickley family of craftsmen are the featured category in California Historical Design’s Arts & Crafts auction scheduled for Saturday, December 9. The catalog is now available for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The five Stickley brothers — Gustav, Leopold, John George, Albert, and Charles — were stars of the early 20th-century American Arts & Crafts movement. Launched by Gustav (1858-1942) in 1900, Stickley hand-crafted some of the most iconic designs of the period, highlighted by his famous Mission style and brother Leopold’s Cherry Valley designs via his own brand, L. & J. G. Stickley.

The sale includes 57 Stickley lots, led by an early 1902 Gustav Stickley oak and hammered copper bridal chest. Completely original and still bearing the red Stickley decal, the chest is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Bernard Maybeck (1962-1957) was a Berkeley, California native, architect and furniture designer who left a similarly large legacy to the Arts & Crafts movement. The sale includes three Maybeck items by his own hand, plus two additional items from homes he designed. A love seat, settee and a hand-carved table are all estimated at $25,000-$35,000 each.

Begun as therapy for sanitarium patients, Marblehead Pottery grew to become a production-based earthenware company focused on hand-decorated items. This floral-motif vase dating to circa 1910 is from early in the company’s history and is described as being in “perfect condition.” It is estimated at $2,500-$3,500.
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Gustav Stickley 1902 bridal chest, estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 love seat, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 settee, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Bernard Maybeck 1909 walnut table, estimated at $25,000-$35,000 at California Historical Design.
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Circa-1910 Marblehead Pottery vase, estimated at $2,500-$3,500 at California Historical Design.
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