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Box

Decorator:
Lucia Kleinhans Mathews (American, 1870–1955)
Manufacturer:
the Furniture Shop (1906–1920)
Date:
1916
Geography:
Made in Oakland, California, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Painted wood
Dimensions:
8 3/8 x 13 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (21.3 x 33.3 x 10.5 cm)
Classification:
Natural Substances
Credit Line:
Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2012
Accession Number:
2012.146.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 743
This box was made by Lucia Kleinhans Mathews at The Furniture Shop, a workshop opened by Mathews, her husband, painter Arthur Frank Mathews, and entrepreneur John Zeile Jr. in 1906 following the San Francisco earthquake. The firm produced both handcrafted decorative furniture and decorative arts. The flat composition of conventionalized floral motifs, landscapes, and figures rendered in polychrome and outlined in black is characteristic of their work. This particular box was made as a gift for Lucia Mathew’s brother and sister-in-law. The inscription on the underside, "A poppy for each year," accompanied by twenty-six poppies and a list of dates, is perhaps a reference to the years of marriage shared by the couple.
Presented by the artist as a wedding gift to Albert and Margaret R. Kleinhans, 1916; thence descent; Don Magner, Brooklyn, NY; unknown owner offered for sale, Sotheby's, Important 20th C. Design, 12/15/2011, lot 40; purchased by Jacqueline Loewe Fowler; Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2012.
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