23 posts tagged decorative arts

Collecting Studio Pottery: The Potters Marks & a little history

Studio pottery pieces by Bernard Leach and the potters he taught can command high prices. Spotting a pot by Leach takes a little learning as does recognising any of the good studio pottery that you can find in all sorts of places including boot fairs & yard sales as well as antiques fairs. Knowing what the potter was trying to achieve will help the collector find those priceless little nuggets as will knowing the pottery marks to look out for and building a good source of reference. Continue Reading

Moorcroft Artists

The Original Moorcroft Artists and Designers including William & Walter Moorcroft Other Moorcroft Studio artists include Philip Gibson, Rachel Bishop, Emma Bossons, Nicola Slaney and Sian Leeper. Today, the Moorcroft artists and Studio designers are young and the Moorcroft workforce has an average age of less than 27. There are degrees and master's degrees scattered among them, but a degree is not the only true mark of success. Only at the end of a long road, when the Moorcr... Continue Reading

Art Deco Antiques

Art Deco Antiques and Deco Style Collectables From professional designers to the gifted amateur with a good eye, everyone loves the elegant, geometric shapes and sophisticated styles you find in art deco antiques. Art Deco Sculptures Beautiful, original 1920's and 30s Art Deco sculpture is among the most desireable and most beautiful sculpture in the world.   Art Deco Jewellery Jewellery of the 1920's and 30's was in thrall to geometry and used circles, arcs, squares, ... Continue Reading

Rene Lalique Glass

Rene Lalique Artist and Designer. Life and career.           The life of Rene Lalique and his artistic career covered the three most significant movements in the field of decorative arts - Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.   Who was the famous glassmaker Rene Lalique? Rene Lalique was born Rene Jules Lalique in Ay, France on April 6, 1860. His mother quickly recognised her son's artistic talent. At the age of sixteenth, she  steered ... Continue Reading

Arts and Crafts Gallery

The Arts and Crafts Gallery. A few illustrated examples of Arts and Crafts wares. An arts and crafts gallery to provide a brief look at the exceptional quality and superb design available to the arts and crafts collector. The arts and crafts designers rejected the banality and inferior quality of industrially produced decorative arts by promoting a return to a handcrafted medieval style craftsmanship. This can be seen in works by artists such as William Morris, William de Morgan, ... Continue Reading

Arts and Crafts Glass

Collecting Arts and Crafts Glass provides the glass collector with a rich choice and a wide variety of artists. What is Arts and Crafts Glass - The name Arts and Crafts came from the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, set up in 1887 to show designers' work in a range of materials. The arts & crafts movement began in the middle of the 19th century, and continued for some 50 years. It was a reaction against the extravagent, over-decorated Victorian taste and the worst features of ... Continue Reading

Arts and Crafts Artists

Arts and Crafts Artists from William Morris to Gustav Stickley, William de Morgan and Christopher Dresser. In 1861 the english designer William Morris started the arts and crafts movement in an effort to improve the tastes of the Victorian public. A great many artists and designers of the time, supported the Arts and Crafts movement They looked upon the mass produced industrialised wares as bland, inferior and lacking any soul. These Arts and Crafts artists and designers helped create an ... Continue Reading

Arts and Crafts Guilds

The Guilds and Schools of the Arts & Crafts movement. The Arts and Crafts guilds, their history and influences, from John Ruskin and William Morris to William de Morgan and Charles Ashbee. The technological upheaval of the industrial revolution transformed Victorian Britain from a largely agrarian and rural society into a country with many urban conurbations, with the working classes enduring terrible conditions and mindless repetitive work. From the 1850s John Ruskin championed the ... Continue Reading

Charles Robert Ashbee

Charles Robert Ashbee was an English Arts & Crafts Artist and Designer He was celebrated for his metalwork but also as an architect with some sixty buildings, most of them houses, to his credit. Charles Robert Ashbee was born in London, the son of a prosperous city merchant. He was articled to GF Bodley between 1883 and 1885 and lived at the pioneer University Settlement at Toynbee Hall. There he developed a Ruskin reading class, which developed into an arts and crafts class, which in ... Continue Reading

Gustav Stickley

Gustav Stickley creator of American craftsman furniture and the Craftsman magazine. Gustav Stickley was a hardworking, dedicated man, and achieved success in the early 1900s as the leader of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America. In 1891, the brothers Albert and Leopold Stickley founded the original Stickley Brothers Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They also established operations in England which exposed them to the European arts and crafts movement that proved so influential. ... Continue Reading