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Creator Name: Price, William Lightfoot
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1861-1916
Creator Name-CRT: Made by William Lightfoot Price
Title: Library Table
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1904
Creation End Date: 1904
Creation Date: 1904
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Furniture
Materials and Techniques: White oak, stained
Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 66 x 39 1/2 in. (74.9 x 167.6 x 100.3 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1991.145
Credit Line: Sansbury-Mills Fund, 1991
Rose Valley, a utopian Arts and Crafts colony, was founded in 1901 near Moylan, Pennsylvania, by William Lightfoot Price, a Philadelphia architect, with a coterie of his politically liberal colleagues, clients, and friends. Inspired by the advocates of the British Arts and Crafts movement, John Ruskin and William Morris, the community was established for the 'manufacture of ... materials and products involving artistic handicraft as are used in the finishing, decorating and furnishing of houses,' according to its incorporation papers, dated July 17, 1901. Within a year, the Rose Valley Shops were producing furniture designed by Price as well as pottery, metalwork, and bookbindings. Rose Valley furniture is considered rare. At most, a few hundred pieces, each with significantly varying details, were made by a small team of craftsmen before the furniture shop closed in 1906. This trestle-type library table represents the best of Rose Valley production. The 'loose' mortise-and-tenon construction, hand-carved Gothic tracery and figural mortise pins, and double-dovetail joints on the table top are all excellent examples of the traditional, handcrafted construction methods that the Arts and Crafts movement advocated and which Price and the Rose Valley Association utilized until 1910, when their idealistic experiment failed.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1991.145
AMICA Library Year: 2000
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