The Arts and Craft Movement first started in Great Britain growing out of a desire to shed the ornate style of the Victorians. Not as successful in G.B., it was embraced in the U.S. by Elbert Hubbard, founder of RoyCroft Press, who wanted to reproduce his book , Little Journeys, in the rich skilled style of William Morris’ Kelmscot Press. He established an artist colony in East Aurora New York of craftspeople. The Roycroft trademark was emblazoned on leather. metalwork. and furniture. Later it produced furniture for Sears & Roebuck. making it available to the middle class.
Later Mission Style and Prairie Stylewould identify arts and crafts design styles in architecture like Frank Lloyd Wright, furniture with the Stickley Brothers, and a number of potters, etc. Mission to Victoriana is very much the first minimalist style with clean lines, utilitarian purpose. MarkdownMom loves this style since it can be incorporated into several design themes, and one way to gain knowledge on this artisan inspired movement is to attend special showings similar to craft shows. In St. Paul, Minnesota recently a gathering of merchants of vintage mission style and reproduced mission style furniture and accessories was held on the St. Paul Fairgrounds. An entrance fee of $7 not only let you in to see the merchandise and talk with the vendors, but there was a free dog show with it! Bargain hunters should avail themselves of opportunities such as these special events to learn more on the history, identifying authentic from reproductions, and pricing.
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