Monday, November 06, 2006

Collecting: Arts & Crafts Hammered Copper

Collectors of Arts & Crafts furniture often also collect metalware, like this hammered copper vase given to us by the late Mike Ristau, a collector of everything Arts & Crafts, from furnishings to artwork. His home was a tribute to his passion for collecting and for living. We did not know Mike well, but he had heard of our house building adventure and gave us this vase from his amazing collection. Roycrofters made similar pieces in East Aurora, New York during the heyday of the Roycroft era. One could collect nothing but Roycroft ashtrays and spend a lifetime doing it. We have two Roycroft ashtrays purchased on ebay. Daltons, in Syracuse, New York, carries a good selection of Roycroft and other Arts & Crafts makers, but you can still find a good bargain on ebay.

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