Arts and Crafts enthusiasts will not want to miss this chance to discover some of the lesser known details of the company that would become Chicago’s foremost retailer of Arts and Crafts furniture. The Tobey Furniture Company, which briefly marketed Gustav Stickley’s moderately priced “New Furniture” collection for a few months in 1900, was in business for ninety-eight years, from 1856 to 1954, and was one of the foremost contributors to the Arts and Crafts style. They sold not only Gustav Stickley’s “New Furniture”, but also mission furniture manufactured for Tobey by Leopold and John George Stickley and Arts and Crafts furniture that it made in its own workshop. The Tobey brothers, Charles and Frank, were leaders in the Chicago business community and in the national furniture industry.
On Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m., Pat Bartinique joins us for a lecture and book signing in conjunction with her most recent work as co-author of The Tobey Furniture Company: A Brief History. The lecture will set the context for the three Tobey Furniture catalogues reproduced in the new book of the same name, an illustrated 38-page history of the Tobey Furniture Company, that provides, for the first time, unabridged reprints of Tobey’s 1900 New Furniture catalogue, Tobey’s 1901 New Furniture in Weathered Oak catalogue, and Tobey’s 1903 Russmore Furniture catalogue.
About the Tobey Furniture Company of Chicago, Bartinque writes: “… at the beginning of the 20th Century, [the Company] was actively involved in responding to and promoting the emerging Arts and Crafts aesthetic. Tobey introduced Gustav Stickley’s New Furniture under its Tobey label and then went on to offer its Russmore furniture — mostly the work of L. and J. G. Stickley. In addition, as the company produced, offered, and marketed its own Hand-Made Furniture from its Chicago workshop, the descriptive language for its own offerings articulates the essence of what we recognize as the ‘Arts and Crafts’ vocabulary.”
Pat, who has been involved at Craftsman Farms for many years and has spoken and written on many Arts and Crafts topics, is currently on the Education Committee and Education Advisory Council at The Stickley Museum. Her lecture, which will offer insight into not only the history of the Tobey Furniture Company, but also a key part of Stickley history, promises to be a great resource for any Arts & Crafts enthusiast. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture.
Patricia Bartinique is a professor of English at Essex County College, Newark, NJ. Since the 1980s she has been a scholar and researcher on many aspects of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Her most recent work is as co-author of The Tobey Furniture Company: A Brief History. She curated the 1992-1993 Stickley Museum exhibition, Gustav Stickley – His Craft: A Daily Vision and a Dream, and authored the exhibition catalogue. She acted in the same capacity for the Charles Limbert Exhibition in New York City: Kindred Styles: The Arts and Crafts Furniture of Charles P. Limbert. She has written many articles on various Arts and Crafts topics and has been a platform speaker at the Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn. She has written articles for the conference catalogue, serves as a small group discussion leader, and in recent years has led the conference book club. In October 2009 she was the keynote speaker for the symposium on Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement, sponsored by the Arts and Crafts Society of Central New York and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.
Tobey Lecture and Book Signing
Sunday, June 3 at 6:30
$10 Members; $12 Non Members
To register or for more information, please call 973.540.3011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.