desk|Writing Desk
c. 1910
59 in HIGH x 20 in WIDE
(149.86 cm HIGH x 50.80 cm WIDE)
Gift of Mrs. Margaret R. Kleinhans

MFA, Boston, "The Art That Is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America," 1987 traveling thru Jun. 1988. California Center For the Arts, Escondido, "Revisiting Landscape" 1/14-5/7/95. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Made in California, 1900 -200

"The interior of the Kleinhans drop-front desk has a deep arch with a miniature painting by Arthur Mathews that shows girls dancing on a beach, a theme Mathews returned to several times in his career. The drawer fronts are carved with generic blossoms painted in vivid colors. The upper corners are carved and painted with magnolia blossoms. The front panel is enframed by a border of blossoms and leaves carved in low relief painted in greens punctuated by oranges and ochers. The scene depicts four figures. On the left is a standing young man wearing a torso wrap. Next, a young woman with her hair pulled up stands with her back to the viewer; she wears a white strapless undergarment covered by a flowing garment draped over her right shoulder. ï¾€She holds a basket on her upraised left arm. A young man stands in the center, wearing a torso wrap, and to the right a young woman in a red gown kneels and faces into the scene. The figures are posed in a lush vineyard. Grapes hand in heavy profusion from vines; it is harvest time, and the colors are autumnal" (The Art of Arthur and Lucia Mathews, p238).

Handbook selection, 1984.

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