Bill and Florence Griffin Collection, Provenance – Brunk 5-30-09

Collection of Florence P. and William W. Griffin

Bill and Florence Griffin met at an Atlanta Bird Club meeting in 1945. Bill was a published amateur ornithologist; Florence was interested in all of nature – she knew the names of all the plants as well as the birds.

Both were from Georgia, and soon began to see their state changing before their eyes as the New South swept away the Old. They quickly became [...] Click here to continue reading.


White, Stanford – American Architect & Artist

Stanford White (1853-1906)

Stanford White (November 9, 1853 – June 25, 1906) was in his day best known for his Beaux-Arts work with the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, in which he was a partner, work which typifies what is thought of as the American Renaissance of art and design.

White’s family had no money, but were still well connected in the art world of New York in the 19th century, and [...] Click here to continue reading.


Virginia Craftsmen

Virginia Craftsmen

Virginia Craftsmen was founded in 1927 by Walter Zirkle, Sr. The company, which is still in business in Virginia, makes high-quality reproductions of antique furniture.


Day, Thomas – American Cabinetmaker – North Carolina

Thomas Day, Cabinetmaker

In the mid-19th century, Thomas Day (1801-circa 1861) operated the largest furniture manufactory in North Carolina — a remarkable achievement for a free Black in the pre-Civil War South.

Day learned his trade from his father and his urban style from design books and observation of what was in vogue on America’s East Coast. Day’s primary base was the small village of Milton, near the Virginia border. After working in Milton [...] Click here to continue reading.


The Moravians

Moravians

In the late 14th century, Jan Hus, a Roman Catholic priest in Prague who had been heavily influenced by reformer John Wycliffe, began to attract followers as he spoke out about indulgences (a key practice Martin Luther would attack again in 1517) and his belief that church members should be able, permitted, and encouraged to study the Bible themselves. Hus’s continual agitation would put him at odds with the Catholic Church and in [...] Click here to continue reading.


Zoar, Ohio – Society of Separatists

Zoar

In the 1810s, a group of German religious separatists left Wurttemberg in what is now southwestern Germany, after several decades of separation from the primary church in the region, the Lutheran Church. After years of persecution and oppression which included imprisonment and property seizures, the separatists, under the leadership of Joseph Bimeler (sometimes Baumeler), decided to flee to the United States in the hopes that they could establish a new community there.

One [...] Click here to continue reading.


Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer (1902-1981)

Examples of architect Marcel Breuer’s designs for seating are sought by museums as well as private collectors. Still fresh and relevant after 80 years, Breuer’s classic designs find an eager audience willing to pay substantial prices for early models. Designed in 1925, the Wassily Chair is perhaps Breuer’s best known work. Originally called B3, the name was changed to honor painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). The Wasily chair is still in production [...] Click here to continue reading.


Gilbert Rohde – Modern & Art Deco Furniture

Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944)

-Bauhaus Inspired Designer Revitalized the Herman Miller Company

-Rohde’s successful career included designs for Herman Miller, Heywood-Wakefield, John Widdicomb and more.

-Gilbert Rohde’s furniture featured clean lines and spare yet jewel-like hardware. His early work set the ailing Herman Miller Company on the road to success via modern design and is still popular today.

Gilbert Rohde Brief Biography Born in New York in 1894, Gilbert Rohde was the son of a [...] Click here to continue reading.


Finn Juhl – Furniture Designer

Finn Juhl (1912-1989)

Finn Juhl & His Chieftain Chair Danish architect Finn Juhl brought his own aesthetic to Scandinavian Mid-Century Modern furniture, especially his ethnic inspired sculptural seating still popular today. The Chieftain Chair is Juhl’s best known but by no means his only Mid-Century Modern design classic.

Finn Juhl a Brief Biography Juhl was born in 1912 in Frederiksberg (part of Greater Copenhagen). His authoritarian father was a textile wholesaler representing a [...] Click here to continue reading.


The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

The Sarcophagus in Decorative Arts

Derived from the Greek sarx, meaning flesh, and phagein, meaning eat, a sarcophagus is, essentially, a container for a body, much like a coffin or casket. Historically, sarcophagi were typically made of stone (though sometimes of other materials, such as wood or metal), with a relief-carved or pediment top, and designed to be above ground, and have been used by many cultures since ancient times.

An ancient [...] Click here to continue reading.


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