Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moyer, Lederach – Provenance Note

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Moyer, Lederach, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Jay R. Moyer, a public servant and former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is a proud descendant of Mennonite and Schwenkfelder immigrants, who arrived on ships such as the “Good Ship Friendship,” which docked in the City of Philadelphia in 1729. Jay’s ancestor, Hans Christian Meyer, along with other early settlers from Switzerland and Germany, finally settled and helped to form [...] Click here to continue reading.

Charles & Ernest Schneider Glass & Lamps – France

Charles & Ernest Schneider Glass & Lamps 1913 to 1937 and 1950 to 1981

Charles Schneider was born near Paris, France in 1881. He was originally a freelance designer for Daum from 1901 to 1911. In 1913, Charles and his brother Ernest officially opened their own glass works called Schneider Freres & Wolf, which closed during part of the war and reopened as “Societe Anonyme des Verreries Schneider in 1917. In 1925, theirs was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Limbert Furniture

Limbert Furniture

From 1889-1892, Charles Limbert and his partner, Phillip V. Klingman, operated Klingman and Limbert Co., sales agents for furniture manufactures located mainly in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From 1906-1922 Charles Limbert operated a furniture factory in Holland, Michigan.

Charles P. Limbert’s Limbert Furniture Company produced a popular and affordable line of furniture until 1922, when poor health forced him to sell his interest in the company. Although his designs were said to be [...] Click here to continue reading.

Wilkinson Company

Wilkinson Company Lamps and Lighting

The Wilkinson Company was founded by Elmer E. Wilkinson circa 1907 in Brooklyn, New York and is known for producing both high quality leaded glass shades and metal bases. The company’s production was relatively short and filed bankruptcy circa 1915.

Tiffany, Louis Comfort & Favrile Glass & More

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Louis Comfort Tiffany, born in New York City on February 18, 1848, was one of America’s foremost leaders of the Art Nouveau Movement. Tiffany opened his glassworks in 1885 on Long Island, New York producing a wide range of outstanding designs for lamps, windows and decorative objects. As a leading developer of new forms of art glass, L. C. Tiffany is most noted for his Favrile glass produced from 1892 into [...] Click here to continue reading.

Nakashima, George – American Designer

George Nakashima (1905-1990)

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905, the son of Japanese immigrants. His educational pursuits began in the 1920′s at the University of Washington, and from there he studied in Paris at the Ecole Americaine des Beaux Arts and ultimately graduated from MIT with an MA in Architecture in 1930. He also learned traditional woodworking in Japan and India.

In 1931, when Nakashima began his professional life as [...] Click here to continue reading.

Stickley, Gustav – American Arts & Crafts designer – New York

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)

Gustav Stickley is credited with creating the first distinctly American style of furniture known as Craftsman. He was born on March 9, 1858 in Osceola, Wisconsin to German immigrant parents. As the eldest of six children he went to work as a stonemason at the age of twelve when his father deserted the family in 1870. In 1875, Gustav (originally spelled with an “e”), Charles, and Albert Stickley learned basic furniture [...] Click here to continue reading.

Collection of Dr. James & Susan Widder, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Lifetime Collection of Dr. James & Susan Widder, Cincinnati, Ohio

For some, antiques are not just objects to buy, sell, and collect, but instead they are truly a way of life. For nearly five decades, such as been the case with Jim and Susan Widder. They met at The Ohio State University when Jim was a graduate student (and Susan’s lab instructor), and when Jim completed his doctoral work, the couple settled in [...] Click here to continue reading.

Galle, Emile – French Glassmaker

Emile Galle (1846-1904)

Frenchman Emile Galle was one of the Continent’s most innovative leaders of the Art Nouveau Movement. His glass studio, established in 1874 at Nancy, revived the ancient form of art cameo engraving in multiple layers of glass. Galle is also noted for signing virtually all of his work, inspiring other, previously anonymous glass artisans to sign their work as well. The Galle studio closed in 1936. His influence continued through the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Yellin, Samuel – American Metalworker

Samuel Yellin, Artist in Metalwork

Yellin as born in 1885 in Mogilera, Galacia, Poland. He was enrolled in a specialized school for arts and crafts as a child. There he was recognized for his drawing ability and interest in iron work. Family and teachers got him an apprenticeship to a local Russian blacksmith. Yellin became a mastersmith at the age of seventeen. In 1902 he left home and is believed to have traveled to [...] Click here to continue reading.

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