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Dropfront Desk

Decorative Arts

A 1902 photograph distributed to retailers shows this desk as originally designed, without the paired lower doors. Whether or not Stickley himself fitted this desk with doors, which were put in shortly after production, the addition is well matched in materials and style to the desk. The simplicity of the rectilinear design and the visible construction conform to Arts and Crafts ideals. Furthermore, the bold decorative elements, such as the copper hardware, evoke the medieval period and the craft guilds admired by the Arts and Crafts movement.

MEDIUM Oak with copper hardware
DATES ca. 1903
DIMENSIONS 51 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (130.8 x 65.4 x 27.6 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Red decal affixed to back reads "Als ik kan/Stickley" with a joiner's compass.
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
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CAPTION Gustav Stickley (1857-1942). Dropfront Desk, ca. 1903. Oak with copper hardware, 51 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (130.8 x 65.4 x 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 77.87. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 77.87_closed_IMLS_SL2.jpg)
IMAGE exterior, 77.87_closed_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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