An Artful Vintage Mantel

Design ideas for an informal and beautiful vintage mantel.

Displaying art and collectibles on the mantelshelf is a meaningful expression for owners of Arts & Crafts homes. Objects often seen are pottery and art tiles, metalwork, art in an oak frame, leather-bound books of the period, a mantel clock, and such artifacts of nature as a bird’s nest or seashell.

“Sunlit Stream” block print by Laura Wilder.

FRAMED BLOCK PRINT

Every fireplace wall needs a signature piece of art. “Sunlit Stream” is a recent, hand-signed, limited-edition block print from Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Laura Wilder. The image is 16 ” wide x 12″ high. It’s shown in a 2″ Mission oak frame. Laura Wilder, (585) 288-1089, laurawilder.com

Seed Pod copper platter.

SEED PODS IN COPPER

A bold period accent, the hand-hammered Seed Pod copper platter is inspired by a design from the workshops of Gustav Stickley, the originator of American Craftsman design. The high-relief piecee measures 12″ in diameter. Susan Hebert Imports, (503) 248-1111, ecobre.com 


EVOCATIVE TILE

Exquisite art tiles from Motawi set a mood, recall a place, or suggest colors for the room. Shown are the 6″ x 8″ Raven tile in Midnight and 6″ x 6″ Spring Chickadees tile, both designed by artist Yoshiko Yamamoto. Place art tile on a display easel or frame in quarter-sawn oak. Motawi Tileworks, (734) 213-0017, motawi.com

Tall Craftsman Rose and Amity vases.

TEAL BLUES

Grace the mantel with three Arts & Crafts-design vases from the 2018 Signature collection: the Grueby-inspired Tall Craftsman Rose and Amity vases (both shown in Curdled Teal) and the Canyon Poppy vase in Teal (tallest of the group at 14 “). Ephraim Faience, (888) 704-7687, ephraimpottery.com

The Temple Bridge clock.

FLARE FOR TIME

This mantel clock in a flared bungalow-era shape is an ideal accompaniment to a cozy fireplace. The Temple Bridge is fashioned from poplar with a figured maple face. It’s 17″ high x 15″ wide x 7″ deep at the top.Present Time, (360) 445-4702, present-time-clocks.com


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Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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