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Gustav Stickley Furniture

American, 1858-1942

Gustav Stickley was one of the principal figures in the American Arts and Crafts movement and the creator of the Craftsman style. As a furniture designer and publisher of the magazine The Craftsman, he adopted many of the ideals of the British design reform movement and popularized both its philosophy and its aesthetics in the United States.

Born in Wisconsin, Stickley moved with his family to Pennsylvania when he was a teenager and began working in his uncle’s chair factory in the town of Brandt. There, he learned the techniques of late-19th-century furniture making at a time when the vogue was for Victorian revival furniture, which was characterized by extensive ornamentation.

In 1883, Stickley established a furniture company called Stickley Brothers with two of his brothers, Albert and Charles (Gustav’s other siblings, Leopold and John George, would later form L & J.G. Stickley Inc.). When Stickley Brothers foundered, he partnered five years later with salesman Elgin Simonds to form a new firm, Stickley & Simonds, which produced traditional furniture that appealed to the burgeoning American middle class. The success of this venture enabled Stickley to travel to Europe, where he discovered the writings of John Ruskin and William Morris, the two preeminent thinkers of the British Arts and Crafts movement. Stickley also traveled to France, where the Art Nouveau movement impressed him with its imaginative designs and skilled craftsmanship.

Stickley parted ways with Simonds at the turn of the 20th century and decided to focus his creative energies on producing furniture in what became known as the Craftsman style, incorporating some of the elements of the designs and movements he had encountered in Europe.

The pieces Stickley created, which he stamped with the logo of a joiner’s compass, were rectilinear, largely free of ornament, made of oak, and built in such a way that the nature of their construction was plainly visible — all reflections of the tenets of the Arts and Crafts movement. While some people referred to Stickley’s furniture as Mission furniture — a term that references the furnishings of the Spanish missions in California — Gustav commonly called his work “Craftsman” owing to the inspiration he found in the British Arts and Crafts movement.

Stickley benches and rocking chairs were popular, and his leather-upholstered armchairs combine practicality, comfort and an understated silhouette. He also made side tables — an unusual example designed during the early 20th century was adorned with an octagonal Grueby Pottery tile in a cool shade of green, which made it an ideal piece for an art pottery collector.

In 1901, Stickley launched The Craftsman magazine, which contained articles on all manner of domestic topics, from gardening and cooking to art and design, as well as poetry and fiction. In addition to popularizing Stickely’s own designs, the magazine acquainted Americans with the Arts and Crafts style in all its forms through its graphic design and the bungalows, art pottery, and hammered-copper lamps pictured in its pages. It also encouraged readers to practice craft themselves, promoting an early form of the do-it-yourself ethos. 

In 1904, Stickley founded the Craftsman Home Builders' Club, which allowed subscribers to his magazine to order architectural plans for the Arts and Crafts–style structures that were featured in its pages; eventually, this became one of its most popular features.

An ill-timed attempt to set up a New York showroom led to Stickley’s filing for bankruptcy in 1915. The outbreak of World War I, waning interest in the Arts and Crafts style, and increased competition all conspired to thwart Stickley's efforts. The Craftsman ceased publication a year later. When he died, in 1942, Arts and Crafts had been replaced by modernism as the favored aesthetic. It enjoyed a resurgence, however, in the 1970s, and Stickley is now regarded as one of the most important American designers in the first half of the 20th century.

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Creator: Gustav Stickley
Gustav Stickley Arts and Crafts Mission-Style Oak Trestle Table, c. 1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in San Francisco, CA
An exceptionally handsome circa 1910 Gustav Stickley Arts and Crafts movement Mission-style oak trestle table. Originally designed as a writing desk or library table, it could also ...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Round Dining Table, Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission or Arts & Crafts quarter sawn oak round dining table or center table By Gustav Stickley (original red label present) USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48"W ...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Dining Chairs, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of six Mission or Arts & Crafts H-back dining chairs By Gustav Stickley (two chairs with original paper labels) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with leather...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sideboard, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts sideboard or credenza with plate rack By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Quarter sawn oak, with original hammered copper h...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk or Library Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hammered copper hardware. M...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Arts & Crafts Gustav Stickley Mission Oak “V” Slat-Back Rocker C1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Big Flats, NY
***Ask About Reduced In-House Delivery Rates - Reliable Professional Service & Fully Insured*** Arts & Crafts Gustav Stickley Mission Oak ...
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Early 20th Century American Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Upholstery, Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Trestle Library Table or Writing Desk
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts trestle library table or writing desk By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48.25"W x 29.75"D x 28.25"H. Professio...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Trestle Library Table or Writing Desk
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts trestle library table or writing desk By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48"W x 30"D x 29"H. Very good original...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Stickley Furniture Oak Umbrella Stand
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Germantown, MD
A Leopold Stickley Oak Umbrella Stand in great vintage condition.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Trestle Library Table or Writing Desk
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts trestle library table or writing desk By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48"W x 30"D x 29"H. Professionally res...
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Early 1900s American Arts and Crafts Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

41.5 Stickley Mission Collection Bookcase
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Pasadena, TX
From the Stickley Mission Collection reissued in the 1990s. 2005 Cherry construction with 4 adjustable shelves. Stickley seal and brand. M...
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Early 2000s North American Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Cherry

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk or Library Table, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hammered copper hardware. M...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Signed Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk or Library Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley (signed the paper label and red joiner's compa...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Early 20th Century Solid quarter sawn oak, with original copp...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Mission / Craftsman Style American Quarter Sawn Oak Waste Basket by Stickley
By Gustav Stickley
Located in San Diego, CA
A very well constructed mission / craftsman style American quarter sawn oak waste basket by Stickley, circa 2004. The waste basket is in very good condition and measures 13"W x 13"...
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20th Century American American Craftsman Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Extension Dining Table, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission oak Arts & Crafts extension dining table By Gustav Stickley (signed with paper label to the underside) USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48"W x 48"D x 28"H....
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sewing Rocking Chair
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique Mission or Arts & Crafts sewing rocker By Gustav Stickley (model #2627) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with brown leather seat. Measures: 18.25"W x 24...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Stickley Mission Oak Lingerie Chest or Semainier
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean Lined Stickley Lingerie Chest or Semainier, originally designed in the 1910s by Gustav Stickley, this example is part of the authorized line pr...
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Early 2000s American Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Metal

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Early 20th Century Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hamm...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sewing Rocking Chair, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission oak Arts & Crafts sewing rocker By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with upholstered seat. Measures: 17"W x 24.25"D x 34"H. Seat height:...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Upholstery, Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sewing Rocking Chair, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission oak Arts & Crafts sewing rocker By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with tan leather seat. Measures: 17.25"W x 24.75"D x 31.25"H. Seat h...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sewing Rocking Chair, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission oak Arts & Crafts sewing rocker By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quartersawn oak, with black leather seat. Measures: 18"W x 29"D x 33.5"H. Seat height:...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Arts and Crafts Settee Bench signed Gustav Stickley c 1905 -1912
By Gustav Stickley
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional, rare signed Mission, Arts and Crafts, Gustav Stickley settee, bench in original condition. The bench features a slatted back, and drop in, inner spring cushion ( needs reupholstery ). The wood frame is in original finish, and is fully and correctly marked with an early red clamp mark, please see images. We have had many pieces of Stickley furniture, this is the first time we have seen this rare form. Similar to Model 219...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Upholstery, Oak

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sewing Rocking Chair
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous antique Mission or Arts & Crafts sewing or nursing rocker By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with brown leather se...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Leather, Oak

Arts & Crafts Fumed Oak Rocking Chair by Gustave Stickley, no. 311 1/2
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Shippensburg, PA
MISSION EBONIZED OAK ROCKING CHAIR NO. 311 1/2 Gustave Stickley ca. 1904-7, red ink maker's mark to the reverse Item # 309VAX24P Described in their 1904 catalogue as being "Craftsma...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Faux Leather, Oak

Gustav Stickley Arts & Crafts Oak and Leather Rocking Chair, Fully Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Mission oak Arts & Crafts rocking chair By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with brass studded leather seat and back. Measures: 25.5"W x 28"D x ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Brass

Stickley Chippendale Walnut and Tempered and Ogee Cut Glass Top Coffee Table
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Germantown, MD
A Stickley contemporary Chippendale Walnut and tempered and Ogee glass top cocktail / coffee table. Measures 38" in width, 38" in depth and stands 16.5" tall.
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

Arts & Crafts Mission Rocker by Gustav Stickley with New Leather Seat
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous Arts & Crafts rocking chair by Gustav Stickley, circa 1910. Quarter sawn oak with a new leather seat and padding. Mortise and tenon construction all pegged joints. Very comf...
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1910s American Arts and Crafts Vintage Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Brass

Stickley Mission Oak Mirror Arts and Crafts
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Atlanta, GA
Clean Lined Stickley Mirror, originally designed in the 1910s by Gustav Stickley, this example is part of the authorized line produced by Stickley in t...
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Early 2000s American Mission Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Metal

Pair of Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Side Chairs by Gustav Stickley C1910
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous simple and elegant pair of side chairs with rush seats by Gustav Stickley # 370 in the catalog. Ladderback and curved for comfort. Chairs were most likely rewoven with fresh...
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1910s American Arts and Crafts Vintage Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Rush, Oak

Gustav Stickley – Craftsman Homes, Gramercy Hardcover Book 1995
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gustav Stickley – Craftsman Homes, Gramercy, 1995. Gustav Stickley (1858-1942) was an American furniture manufacturer, design leader, publisher, and a leading voice in the American ...
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1990s American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Paper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission or Arts & Crafts writing desk or library table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hammered coppe...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Extension Dining Table with Six Leaves
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission oak Arts & Crafts extension dining table By Gustav Stickley USA, circa 1900 Measures: 54"W x 54"D x 30"H. Extends up to 118.5"W with six 10.75...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

1900 Gustav Stickely Early Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Youth Rocking Chair
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Monrovia, CA
GUSTAV STICKLEY Early American Craftsman Mission Quarter Sawn Oak Youth Rocker 1900s. Early American Antique Piece Of Furniture and History. This Early Antique Craftsman Mission Quarter Sawn Oak Rocker Is Also Known As A Sewing Rocker. This Early American Arts and Crafts Rocker...
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Late 19th Century American American Craftsman Antique Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Wood, Oak

Early Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Library Table or Writing Desk
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk, library table, or center table By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 3...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Massive Mission Oak c. 1920's Sofa Large Bench Sette Loveseat Couch
By Gustav Stickley
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Massive tall back and sides Arts & Crafts mission oak bench settee signed Stickley. Even arm early 1900s design.
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20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Sideboard, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts sideboard or credenza with plate rack By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Quarter sawn oak, with ooze leather lined t...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Signed Gustav Stickley Antique Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Desk, Circa 1900
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak, with original hamme...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Extension Dining Table, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission oak Arts & Crafts pedestal extension dining table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48"W x 48"D x 29.13"H. Extends up to 96"W with ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Gustav Stickley Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Extension Dining Table, Newly Restored
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional Mission oak Arts & Crafts extension dining table By Gustav Stickley USA, Circa 1900 Measures: 48" W x 48" D x 29.63" H. Extends up to 96" W with four ...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Oak

Early Gustav Stickley Ebonized Mission Oak Arts & Crafts Writing Desk
By Gustav Stickley
Located in South Bend, IN
A rare and exceptional antique Mission oak Arts & Crafts writing desk By Gustav Stickley (original label present) USA, Circa 1900 Solid quarter sawn oak in original ebonized...
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Early 20th Century American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Copper

Harvey Ellis Gustav Stickley 2014 Single Door Arts & Crafts Mission Oak Bookcase
By Gustav Stickley, Harvey Ellis
Located in Forest Grove, PA
The iconic Gustav Stickley single door bookcase designed by Harvey Ellis. Overhanging top, mortise and tenon construction, arched stretcher, quarter sawn oak, lead glass windows, adj...
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2010s American Arts and Crafts Gustav Stickley Furniture

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Art Glass, Oak

Gustav Stickley furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gustav Stickley furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gustav Stickley furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gustav Stickley were created in the Arts and Crafts style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Stickley Brothers, Grand Rapids Furniture Co., and Larkin & Co.. Prices for Gustav Stickley furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $125 and can go as high as $12,995, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,898.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Whether Stickley Furniture is made in the USA varies. Experts estimate that 90% of contemporary pieces are manufactured in the U.S. by artisans working at the company's factories in New York and North Carolina. The remainder comes from overseas factories. Antique and vintage Stickley furniture is typically American-made. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Stickley furniture from some of the world's top dealers.

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