The American Arts & Crafts Home, 1900-1915:
Selections from the Two Red Roses Collection
At the turn of the twentieth-century, a spirit of reform now known as the Arts & Crafts movement transformed American furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and other domestic furnishings. The new philosophy, which originated in England under the leadership of designer, critic, and poet William Morris, rejected the poor design and shoddy construction of manufactured goods swamping the retail market in favor of a sophisticated simplicity inspired by nature, high-quality craftsmanship, and straightforward materials. This exhibition, selected from The Two Red Roses Foundation collection, presents several icons of that reform effort and reflects the overarching interest in the American domestic environment characteristic of the period. A classic, early Gustav Stickley armchair, three exceptional carved and painted Byrdcliffe colony cabinets, and an eccentric revolving desk designed by Charles Rohlfs are among the nearly one hundred pieces on display. Pottery and tiles by Grueby, Rookwood, Newcomb, Overbeck, Saturday Evening Girls, and Teco, the leading ceramics shops of their day, and metalwork by the renowned Dirk van Erp of California will be shown, as well as leaded glass windows by Stickley and Frank Lloyd Wright. Paintings and woodblock prints by Arthur Wesley Dow and others will reflect a parallel modernist aesthetic promoted by American artists and educators.
Florida businessman Rudy Ciccarello has endowed the Two Red Roses Foundation with the personal collection he assembled over the last eight years, one of the finest Arts & Crafts collections in the United States. The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art is proud to present the Foundation’s debut exhibition. Charged by its founder with fostering public recognition and appreciation of the high quality craftsmanship and design philosophy of period, The Two Red Roses Foundation will continue to expand its collection, even as it turns its attention to an active exhibition and education program.
A catalog for the exhibition, including an essay by guest curator, Susan J. Montgomery, is available in the Museum Store. Susan holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College and a Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston University, and is an independent scholar of the decorative arts and consultant to the Two Red Roses Foundation. Click Here to download catalog. Adobe Reader required.