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Colonial Furniture Highlights

SIDEBOARD WITH CUPBOARD
L. & J.G. Stickley
ca. 1965
Cherry with brass hardware



This sideboard with cupboard, from L. & J.G. Stickley's Cherry Valley Collection is a hallmark of colonial revival craftsmanship.  Known as the "Welsh Cupboard," it was designed with Queen Anne-style cabriole legs, a tall cupboard with scalloped trimming, and brass bat's wing hardware—all colonial-inspired features.

Aesthetically, it was a strong departure from the Arts & Crafts furniture on which L. & J.G. Stickley was built.  However, the Stickley elements of construction demonstrate that the same craftsmanship was being employed, and improved upon: ship-lap planking on the cupboard back, solid one piece drawer fronts, dovetailed joints, and side hung, center guided drawers.  The look had changed, but the adherence to fine craftsmanship had not.

The Welsh Cupboard can be found with other colonial revival furniture from Stickley's Cherry Valley Collection in the A Doorway into the Past section of the museum.

HIGH CHEST OF DRAWERS
L. & J.G. Stickley
ca. 1955
Cherry with brass hardware



When Leopold Stickley developed the Stickley Cherry Valley Collection, he sought inspiration from America and across the Atlantic.  He was greatly influenced by two trips to Great Britain in 1928 and 1929.  On those excursions, Leopold purchased many English antiques.  This high chest of drawers, otherwise known as a "Highboy" or "Tallboy" was, according to Stickley catalogues, based on an original from Cheshire, England.



In the Stickley company records, we found this receipt from a Chester, Cheshire antiques shop.  Could it be that this receipt reveals the purchase of the original? (#46 "Queen Anne Tallboy in Pollard Oak + Walnut")

This highboy, and some of the antiques that inspired the Cherry Valley Collection, can be found in the A Doorway into the Past section of the museum.

SERVING CART
L. & J.G. Stickley
1963
Cherry with maple legs



This inventive, functional serving cart holds a very special place in Stickley history.  It features a drop-leaf table top (the top can be split, with each side extending outward to allow for the bottom tray to act as a center leaf), but its inventive design is not the only reason it's included.  This particular serving cart was a wedding gift to Alfred and Aminy Audi from Louise Stickley, Leopold's widow, and testimony to the friendship between these two great furniture families.  This was the first piece of Stickley Alfred and Aminy owned.  They would never have guessed that eleven years later they would own the entire company.

The terrace server can be found in the Looking Back / Looking Forward section of the museum.

SCHOOL DESK/CHAIR
L. & J.G. Stickley
ca. 1950
Maple



L. & J.G. Stickley recognized that the need for quality furniture was not limited to the home.  Beginning in the 1930s, the company produced contract furniture which was sold to schools, businesses, and hospitals.  These organizations benefited from the enduring quality and beauty of Stickley construction and the company was able to supplement sales of home furnishings with the institutional contracts.

Many students in central New York can boast that they learned their ABCs and multiplication tables in a Stickley-furnished classroom.  Desk/chair combinations such as this were made of solid maple and could survive a beating from the toughest bully.  In fact, some schools are still filled with furniture that has endured for over half a century.

The school desk/chair can be found in the Stickley Contract Furniture section of the museum.

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