Popular Woodworking 2003-04 № 133, страница 51

Popular Woodworking 2003-04 № 133, страница 51

GUSTAV STICKLEY'S NO. 72

Magazine Cabinet

Thanks to Harvey Ellis, this set of Arts & Crafts shelves has subtly tapered legs and arched top rails that transform it from stocky to stylish.

If you had been shopping for a magazine cabinet in 1910 and came across this piece in Gustav Stickley's catalog, chances are you would have turned the page with barely a glance.

The photo of the No. 72 Magazine Cabinet in the 1910 catalog is horrible. Someone in Gustav Stickley's art department mangled the picture, and it bears almost no resemblance to the real thing. The legs look both spindly and lumpy. The shelves don't look sturdy at all.

In real life, this piece of furniture is impressive. It was one of several pieces of furniture designed by Harvey Ellis, an architect, painter and designer. Ellis's short stint with Gustav Stickley's company before Ellis' death in 1904 was remarkably fruitful. Under his talented pen, a fair number of Stickley's massive and overbuilt furniture forms became lighter and a bit more graceful.

by Christopher Schwarz

Comments or questions? Contact Chris at 513-531-2690 ext. 1407 or chris.schwarz@fwpubs.com.

52 Popular Woodworking April 2003

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