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Primary Object
Furniture
Artist/Maker
Charles P. Limbert Company
Title/Object Name
Chest of Drawers
Date
Circa 1910-1922
Medium
Oak/Copper
Dimensions

H – 72”
W - 54”
D- 23"

Artifact Descriptions
Chest of drawers, all one piece, mirror in middle with scalloped top flanked by triangular shaped cabinets with single doors and rain cross dark inlay (used for hat boxes), three small drawers over three full width drawers, in each drawer Limbert's brand; hand hammered iron drawer hardware.
Artifact Origin Map
Holland, Michigan
Charles P. Limbert

Updated: July 20, 2007

or many years, the Mission Inn was furnished, in part, with Arts and Crafts style furniture. The Arts and Crafts movement, which began at the end of the 19th century, emphasized the importance of handcrafted everyday objects. Architecture, furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and glass objects were created using simplified designs and natural materials. In part, the movement was a reaction to machine made products and industrialization. People such as Elbert Hubbard, Gustav Stickley, Earnest Batchelder, architects Charles and Henry Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Charles Limbert, made the movement, which began in Europe, popular in the United States.

Frank Miller purchased from the Limbert Company custom-made furniture for the Mission Inn. The Limbert furniture included desks, beds, chairs, and chest of drawers. Each piece was made of oak and was identified with an inlaid Raincross design. The Mission Inn was not the only hotel to use Limbert furniture. According to the Arts and Crafts Society, The Old Faithful Inn at the Yellowstone National Park, also had the Limbert-made furniture.

The hotel also contained furniture from the Stickley brothers (Gustav, Albert, Leopold, and John) and Elbert Hubbard’s Roycrofter’s shop. Furniture pieces were also made on-site in the hotel’s carpentry shops. Not all the furniture was in the Arts and Crafts designs. An area of the hotel named the Colonial Landing featured furniture representative of the original thirteen colonies of the United States.

 

Online Links & Resources

The Arts and Crafts Society
http://www.arts-crafts.com

The Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum
http://www.roycrofter.com/museum.htm

Greene and Greene Virtual Archives
http://www.usc.edu/dept/architecture/greeneandgreene/

National Park Service – Yellowstone
http://www.nps.gov/yell/

Bibliography
  • Bowman, Leslie Greene. (1990). American Arts & Crafts Virture in Design. Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • Bartinique, A. Patricia. (1995). Kindred Styles: The Arts and Crafts Furniture of Charles P. Limbert. New York: Gallery 535.

  • Edwards, Robert L. (ed.). 1982. The Arts and Crafts Furniture of Chs. P. Limbert. Watkins Glen, NY: The American Life Foundation.

  • Limbert Company. (1992). Arts and Crafts Furniture: The Complete 1903 Catalog. Mineola, NY. Dover Publications.

  • Marek, Don. (1987). Arts and Crafts Furniture Design: The Grand Rapids Contribution. Grand Rapids, MI : Grand Rapids Art Museum.

 
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