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Music Cabinet

Designer:
Designed by Harvey Ellis (American, Rochester, New York 1852–1904 Syracuse, New York)
Manufacturer:
Manufactured by Gustav Stickley (American, Osceola, Wisconsin 1858–1942 Syracuse, New York)
Date:
ca. 1903
Geography:
Probably made in Eastwood, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Mahogany
Dimensions:
48 x 20 1/2 x 17 in. (121.9 x 52.1 x 43.2 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Jordan-Volpe Gallery, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.292
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
This mahogany music cabinet, a product of the brief collaboration, from March 1903 to January 1904, between Gustav Stickley and the Prairie School architect Harvey Ellis, departs from the typical Stickley Craftsman furniture in its unusual form, bracket feet, subtle structural detailing, and in the use of marquetry in pendant panels that feature stylized grape clusters and leaves hanging from curling vines. An illustrated article in the January 1904 issue of "The Craftsman," a periodical promoting the Arts and Crafts movement and published by Stickley between 1901 and 1916, carefully explains that inlay was justified here because it emphasized the structural, and particularly the vertical, lines of the object.
Jordan-Volpe Gallery, New York, 1981
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