Donald Davidoff

    Dr. Donald Davidoff and his wife, Susan, have been collectors of Arts and Crafts items for over twenty years. He has written numerous articles and lectured both about the Stickley brothers and their furniture. He also curated the Innovation and Derivation Exhibition showcasing the work of L&JG Stickley, at the Craftman Farms in 1995-6. He is trained as a clinical psychologist and directs an inpatient unit at one of Harvard's teaching hospitals. He and his wife live in a Boston suburb, in an 1870s house which they updated to 1910.
    Dr. Davidoff comes to the field of Arts and Crafts through serendipity, attending an exhibition of Arts and Crafts chairs at a NYC gallery in 1978. Much to his surprise, he experienced a visceral reaction to the furniture and decided, then and there, that his environment would be guided by the principles of the "Art that is Life". Purchasing a large L&JG Stickley rocker (which he still has) at a local Boston shop marked the beginning of a search that has consumed 20 years of free time. Being a curious sort, acquiring the tangible objects of the movement proved only partially satiating and he began to investigate the origins of the movement. This led to adventures of a different type including trips to the original factory in Syracuse where he found the original design drawings for some of the furniture and a brief stint as a visiting scholar at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware.

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