This program is co-sponsored with the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and will be held in MOHAI’s Lakeside Pavilion.
Gus Bostrom has been in the Arts & Crafts antiques business for more than 25 years. His Berkeley showroom, California Historical Design, has been open since 2004. Many Pacific Northwest residents who visited Historic Seattle’s Bungalow Fair owe their precious Stickley, Limbert, and van Erp pieces to Bostrom’s quality finds.
Bostrom has been interested in Dirk van Erp and the American Arts & Crafts Movement since he was a teenager. When he was 15, he wanted to do a school term paper on Dirk van Erp, but could find only a small amount written about him in the 1974 book California Design 1910. He approached a local antiques dealer in San Francisco for help. His response was “Absolutely not kid. Why should I help you when I can buy $7,000 lamps for $1,000? Good luck.”
But Bostrom never lost interest. The result of that tenacity was a catalog and exhibit held at Bostrom’s Berkeley gallery. Through the book and exhibition he met the van Erp family. This opened up doors, gave him access to information that had been locked away for many years, and inspired a follow-up exhibition in late 2014.
Bostrom’s talk is the impetus for bringing out of MOHAI storage the copper hops panels created by the van Erp Studio in 1948 for the Rainier Brewery’s Mountain Room in Seattle. There will also be a show and tell of Arts & Crafts metalwork in local collections.
$35 general public / $25 members