Fireplace Hood

Item

Title

Fireplace Hood

Creator

Craftsman Workshops

Date

1911 (ca.)

Medium

Copper and iron

Description

For the master bedroom, Stickley revealed a romantic side of himself that contrasts starkly with the professional persona he projected downstairs. Using the poem “Home” by Victorian poet Dora Greenwell, he adapted the last couplet to read “A world of strife shut out and a world of love shut in” for his personal hearth. The poem is a panegyric to romantic love that reads:

Home
Two birds within one nest;
Two hearts within one breast;
Two spirits in one fair,
Firm league of love and prayer,
Together bound for aye, forever blest.

An ear that waits to catch
A hand upon the latch;
A step that hastens its sweet rest to win;
A world of care without,
A world of strife shut out,
A world of love shut in