The Two Red Roses Foundation is a private, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to promoting an understanding of the American Arts and Crafts movement. The Foundation’s collection boasts more than 1,300 rare objects made between 1900 and 1930, gifted through the charitable endowment of Two Red Roses founder Rudy Ciccarello. These works will soon be displayed in the Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, currently under construction and due to open in early 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In anticipation of the opening of this museum, the Two Red Roses Foundation has been working with Marquand Books to produce a series of catalogues devoted to the collection. The first, “These Humbler Metals”: American Arts and Crafts Metalwork from the Two Red Roses Foundation, was published earlier this year and the second in the series, “So Various Are the Forms it Assumes”: American Arts and Crafts Furniture from the Two Red Roses Foundation, has just been released.
The Arts and Crafts movement in America was governed by the belief that traditional craftsmanship could ennoble a society overcome by rampant industrialization. The artisan craftspeople of the Arts and Crafts movement aimed to transform utilitarian objects into beautiful works of art.
Arts and Crafts Metalwork profiles the work of eleven designers and craftsmen, including Gustav Stickley and the Roycrofters, who brought the design aesthetic of the Arts and Crafts movement to vases, bowls, bookends, and candlesticks. The 280-page catalogue features over 260 images with essays by David Cathers, Jonathan Clancy, and Susan J. Montgomery.
The 328-page Arts and Crafts Furniture celebrates some of the most important furniture designers and makers from the era, including the Stickley Brothers, Charles Rohlfs, the Byrdcliffe colony, and many others. These visionaries believed everyday furniture like desks, chairs, tables, even pianos, should be works of art in themselves. The catalogue includes 240 images with essays from David Cathers, Susan J. Montgomery, and Sarah Sik.
Both titles were designed by Susan E. Kelly, Ryan Polich, and Jeff Wincapaw and produced by Marquand Books.
Photography by Jeremy Linden