Charles P. Limbert and Company
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Charles P. Limbert (1854-1923) was founder of the Limbert Furniture Company and a contemporary of Gustav Stickley, although the two most likely didn't know each other. (Stickley was more of a self-promoter while Limbert was content to let his furniture speak for itself). Limbert's quartersawn oak furniture is characteristic of the Arts and Crafts movement in America; some of it looks similar to that produced by other makers of the day. Many of the company's better pieces, however, are pleasingly unique, are solidly constructed and stand on their own merits. Compared with Stickley's work, Limbert's designs were typically less severe and more visually interesting, usually achieved through the use of cut-outs and other elements inspired by such diverse influences as English Arts and Crafts, Dutch folk furniture, Scottish architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the Vienna Secession. If there is any criticism of Limbert furniture it is that some pieces have been described as "underscaled and malproportioned". That appears to be true of certain groupings within his Arts and Crafts line, but the best examples can command prices similar to Stickley's work. One of Limbert's most notable pieces, a jardiniere, was included among Stickley and other craftsmen's work in the 1973 show at the Art Museum of Princeton University that began the Arts and Crafts Revival.
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