Taliesin Desk Build - How's and Why's #3: Part 2B# - Inspiration at the Chicago Art Institute

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 07-22-2016 01:21 AM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I realized shortly after posting Part #2 that some inspirational pictures might go a long way towards illustrating my point (like the pun?). After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Last summer we visited the Chicago Art Institute. Wow what a place. We saw plenty of major works of art. This one might be familiar:

Of course there were plenty of other Masterpieces. Then, towards the end of the day we sauntered into a gallery that had furniture in it. I immediately spotted a Greene and Greene chair and table. I could have spent hours just looking at all of the amazing details in the furniture and the other pieces, like the Grueby pottery you can see in the left side of the picture.

I almost got thrown out of the gallery because I was leaning too far over the yellow board on the floor to look at the details. The guard was not amused. I even promised I would not touch anything. No humor at all.

There were also some Stickley pieces

This settle includes some Harvey Ellis inlay – spectacular

More Gustav Stickley with Ellis inlay

There are plenty of plans out there based on this authentic Gustav Stickley Grandfather clock. Gorgeous!!!

Stickley still makes a version of this today. Our local fine furniture store has one on display.

I really wanted to get a closer look at the joinery details and the top but the same guard was basically walking right behind me with a huge scowl on her face and her radio in hand. Sorry about the poor quality, I was rather excited and the battery was starting to die so I was snapping quickly.

A Tiffany lamp

I tried to find some of the Gustav Baumann woodcuts that were supposed to be in one of the galleries nearby but never did find it.

This Monet doesn’t really have anything to do with the desk but I like his work.

So there are some pictures of things that inspire me. I have a huge catalog of on-line pictures of various pieces I have seen and saved. Each one has something special about it that I find interesting.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 01:32 AM

Now that is some inspiration. Thanks

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 01:50 AM

Probably a good thing I don’t live in San Francisco or I would never get anything done except going to the Gamble House. There are several FLW buildings here in IA, including a bank so I might have to go looking for it and see what inspiration I can find there.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 01:26 PM

The Gamble House is in Pasadena and is spectacular. I highly recommend a tour if you get a chance. I got my first Bob Lang book in the gift shop there. Blacker House is also in Pasadena, but we didn’t visit. Thorsen House is in Berkeley and is currently a frat house. I was able to get a quick tour of that, but it was nowhere near as breathtaking as Gamble. Also, the Met in Manhattan has some really nice A&C furniture on display.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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