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  • Arthur Matthews sheet music cabinet to make $220,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Arthur Matthews sheet music cabinet to make $220,000?

An Arthur Matthews sheet music cabinet is the star lot of Michaan's Auctions' Arts and Crafts sale on October 11 in Alameda, California.

The cabinet, which carries an estimate of $180,000-220,000, dates to around 1896 and houses three panels painted in oil by the artist.

Twin cherubs highlight the lower half of the cabinet, which features legs gilded in gold leaf.

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

It was originally bought for Arbor Villa, the home of a leading borax magnate.

A founding member of the American arts and crafts movement, Arthur Matthews was a significant presence in the Californian art scene during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

His work is featured in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The cabinet previously achieved $250,000 in California in 2004.

Two leaded glass panels designed by Frank Lloyd Wright will also feature with an estimate of $25,000-35,000 each. The first comes from the Ward W Willits residence, one of the earliest "Prairie" houses, designed in 1901.

The second panel, a skylight, originates from a room designed by Wright in the Little house in Minneapolis.

An urn by the designer sold for $772,000 at Leslie Hindman in 2011 - a record price for a piece of Wright's work.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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