Rare Victorian - George Schastey, Cabinetmaker

George Schastey, Cabinetmaker

high museum George Schastey, Cabinetmaker

The name George Schastey has popped up in relation to the unidentified museum cabinet from the prior post.  I think it’s important to raise his profile and become a little more familiar with this important cabinetmaker and his history.  His work is up there with the best of the best and if I had a Herter Brothers budget, I’d be finding me some Schastey pieces to add to my collection.

Information on George Schastey’s history is slim.  Adding to the challenge of digging some up is that Google searches for information on Schastey get co-mingled with results for an architect named George Schastey, Jr., which I can only assume was his son.

According to ‘MissLilyBart’ in the comments from this earlier post, Schastey got his start in 1869 and was done by 1897.  What I find interesting is that Schastey appears to have spent his early years (at least some of them) working directly for Pottier & Stymus.  It wasn’t until 1873 that he was on his own.  In the following years, partners came and went and eventually Pottier & Stymus sued Schastey for rent that he owed them.  He eventually ended up in Springfield, Massachusetts making the more modest furniture popular in the 1890s.

The photo above is of a cabinet that Joan Bogart shared with me that she sold years ago to the High Museum which was made by Schastey and below is his cabinet from the Centennial Exhibition.
George Schastey sideboard Centennial Exhibition George Schastey, Cabinetmaker

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  • vintrest - June 18, 2010

    Great topic and information, thanks John!

  • John Hutchinson - June 19, 2010

    As always, I learn something new. Where is that cabinet made for the exposition now? Thanks John

    • Funbud - June 22, 2010

      Unfortunately, a lot of these “exposition pieces” were too large and expensive to fit into the average home of the time, so after the fair or exhibit closed they were often broken up by their makers who re-used elements and parts in smaller pieces. Sometimes, they were sold for use in hotels or other large public buildings.
      Occasionally, one will turn up. There’s an ebony finished piano in the High Museum in Atlanta that was an exposition piece. It’s rather enormous. I can’t remember who the maker was…Pabst maybe?

  • John Werry - June 20, 2010

    Don’t know John

  • joan slaughter - March 26, 2011

    he was my great grandfather!!

    • Christine - August 6, 2011

      Joan, was George Schastey, the furniture maker, your great grandfather?

      • joan - August 7, 2011

        well, I misspoke – My grandma, Mildred Evelyn Schastey Brownlee was the daughter of the architect, George Schastey, who was the son of the furniture maker of New York. So that would make him my great great grandfather – His father (John Schastey) and he emigrated from Germany together.

        • Christine - August 17, 2011

          Hello Joan,

          I’m sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’m doing some research on a piece of furniture that your grandfather worked on. I’d love to speak with you by phone or email to see if you can provide some additional information about your great great grandfather and who he worked with. You can reach me at treasures1428@gmail.com. Thanks very much. I look forward to hearing from you.

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