~ The Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference ~ Asheville, North Carolina ~ February 21 - 23, 2014 ~
"The most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors." - The New York Times
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It's a question asked every day in shops, galleries, shows, malls and auction houses across the country, for as you well know, a shopmark is the key that unlocks the value of any Arts & Crafts antique. Know the mark, know the maker. But who can recognize, let alone memorize, more than 1,300 shopmarks, from that of Artus Van Briggle himself to noted metalsmith Marie Zimmerman?
In 1987 I published a little red booklet entitled “The Collector’s Guide to Arts & Crafts Shopmarks.” It was 24 pages long and contained 38 shopmarks. Ever since then I have been collecting shopmarks as avidly as I have collected Gustav Stickley furniture, Grove Park Inn memorabilia, and William Dodge silver. I decided it would be appropriate to publish and release in time for the 25th anniversary Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Conference this past February a new softcover book entitled Arts & Crafts Shopmarks: 1895-1940 (Knock On Wood Publications, 328 pages, $24.95).
David Rudd, founder of Dalton's American Decorative Arts in Syracuse, as well as a respected columnist and Arts & Crafts antiques dealer for more than thirty years, had this to say about it:
"I've been waiting for a book like this for decades. It will be a must-have reference for all collectors and a valuable addition to even the most advanced collector's library. It even reaches beyond the Arts and Crafts period, encompassing artists and companies up to now we knew little about."
Arts & Crafts Shopmarks is divided into five sections: Pottery and Tiles, Furniture, Leatherwork, Lighting, and Metalware. Here are sample pages from the each section of the book:
This book is destined to become a best-selling book among Arts & Crafts collectors, from the many novices to the experienced veterans. In addition to containing critical information on more than 1,300 companies, craftsmen and decorators, it contains a Five Star rating scale. Collectors will be able to tell immediately if the firm in question typically produced work that was mediocre, or whether it is consider rare and valuable. The handy 6" x 9" size in a softcover binding, along with the affordable price of $24.95 (when hardcover Arts & Crafts book typically sell for $69 or more!) will enable collectors to buy two: one for home and one for their car.
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