Fireplace Hood

Item

Title

Fireplace Hood

Creator

Craftsman Workshops

Date

1911 (ca.)

Medium

Copper and iron

Description

Like many in the Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley believed that the hearth was an essential component of the home that served a number of functions, ranging from the aesthetic to the practical to the social. As The Craftsman informed readers in June 1903:
As the heart is to the human body, so is the fireplace to the home. From it flows the sustaining power of family life… This spot should be the most attractive of the home. It should be expressive of the comfort and offer the sensuous pleasure which is derived from the presence of good form, pleasing color and a harmonious assemblage of materials.
The quote–The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne–is from Chaucer's late-14th century poem "Parlement of Foules" and served as the motto for The Craftsman magazine.