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Martin House regularly acquires new works of art that enhance our collection. Our most recent addition is a Side Chair made by Gustave Stickley at The Craftsman Workshops, Eastwood, New York, ca. 1905. The armless oak chair was featured in the furniture company’s catalogue from 1909 listed as item No.382.

This particular object helps tell the story of the Martins and the personal possessions they once owned beyond those designed for their home by Frank Lloyd Wright. It is one of four identical chairs, which originally belonged to the Martin family from the time the house was built. Formerly on long-term loan, the newly acquired chair completes an existing set of three currently held by the Martin House. The chair joins two other Stickley pieces in the collection — an oak table that is prominently featured in the home’s reception room, pictured below, along with a tabouret presently not on view.

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 – Gustav Stickley (American, 1858-1942), Side Chair, ca. 1905

 – Detail from the Catalogue of Craftsman Furniture Made by Gustav Stickley at The Craftsman Workshops
(G. Stickley: Eastwood, NY, 1909), cover and pg. 39

 – Gustav Stickley (American, 1858-1942), Library Table, ca. 1905, pictured in the Martin House reception room