PRAIRIE SCHOOL - Prairie School was a late 19th and early 20th century architectural style, most common to the Midwestern United States. The style is usually marked by horizontal lines, flat or hipped roofs with broad overhanging eaves, windows grouped in horizontal bands, integration with the landscape, solid construction, craftsmanship, and discipline in the use of ornament. Horizontal lines were thought to evoke and relate to the native prairie landscape.
William Morris was among a small group who, around the end of the 19th century, changed the direction of English art, architecture, and design. At a time when opulent Victorian style was popular and the Industrial Revolution was taking over in furniture and textile manufacturing, they emphasized the values of craftsmanship, simplicity, and quality materials in what became known as the Arts & Crafts Movement. This movement that took place across the pond was prior to Roycroft and Stickley.
The simple and stately lines of this early Gustav Stickley sideboard hit the nail on the head for the collector who bought it for $35,380 at a Treadway auction. We serve you more information about Gustav’s best furniture on Kovels.com