Arthur Matthews sheet music cabinet achieves $180,000 at Michaan's

An Arthur Matthews sheet music cabinet achieved $180,000 at a sale of arts and crafts at Michaan's Auctions in Alameda, California on October 11.

The cabinet, which dates to 1896, features three panels painted by the designer and elaborate detailing - including a pair of gold cherubs.

Arthur Matthews music cabinet
Matthews was a founder of the American Arts and Crafts movement

Matthews was a founding member of the American Arts and Crafts movement and had a significant influence on the California arts scene in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Other notable lots at the auction included a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed leaded skylight which made $19,000. It was originally installed in the living room of the Francis W Little residence in Wayzata, Minnesota.

Lloyd Wright skylight
The Frank Lloyd Wright skylight dates to 1912

Lloyd Wright personally designed many of the fixtures and fittings for his buildings and past examples have sold for impressive sums.

In 2011, an urn from the Edward C Waller house in Illinois sold for $690,000 at Leslie Hindman.

A lamp by coppersmith Thomas Gotham and ceramicist Dick Van Erp was another highlight, selling for $15,000.

It was made in 1923 for the home of architect Charles F Strothoff and features a hammered copper shade and a glazed porcelain body encrusted with crystals.

A Grueby 22-inch floor vase achieved $11,000. The company, founded in 1894, was an important name in the world of art nouveau and arts and crafts design, and was well known for its unique ceramic tiles and vases. 

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