No. 908, Lotus design, Craftsman NeedleworkFlax, jute, linen, silk Gustav Stickley, Craftsman Workshops, Eastwood, New York, 1900–15 77 x 45 in. (2004-016:01)
A highlight of the The Virtues of Simplicity—American Arts and Crafts from the Morse Collection was a pair of rare Craftsman door curtains, which were found tucked away for almost a hundred years at Osceola Lodge. Apparently little used, if at all, and protected from light for decades, these curtains may well be among the finest examples of Craftsman textiles anywhere. In our exhibition, the portieres are prime examples of the color, design, and material available from the workshops of one of America’s leading Arts and Crafts proponents, designer Gustav Stickley (1858–1942). Osceola Lodge—built in 1888 and purchased in 1904 by Charles Hosmer Morse (1833–1921)—was restored by the Morse Foundation in 2006 and is today home to the Winter Park Institute, Rollins College’s visiting scholar program.