are many languages of Arts & Crafts. British work (by Godwin, Voysey, and Mackintosh) is often more delicate, and later work leans toward Art Nouveau. American Craftsman pieces by Stickley and the Roycrofters are sturdy and rectilinear; Wright’s Prairie School designs are proto-Modern, like the reproduction Barrel chair below; Greene and Greene’s are strongly Japanesque. German, Austrian, Russian, and Swedish influence may be present. This diversity continues. For years, a growing number of artisans and manufacturers has been offering period-inspired furniture, as well as such decorative pieces as pottery and art prints. The work includes documentary reproductions (near copies of original pieces). Many more artisans create interpretive new designs, with allusions to previous Arts & Crafts styles and also such earlier American furniture as that produced by the Shakers.
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