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Lucia Mathews and her husband, Arthur, were two of the most important early 20th century artists in Northern California and were extremely influential in the creation of the California Decorative Style, the West Coast expression of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Their personal philosophy was based on the idea that one's environment should be harmonious and filled with beautiful objects. She and her husband owned and operated the iconic Furniture Shop on California Street in San Francisco between 1906 and 1920, where they designed and produced furniture, boxes, carved and painted picture frames, candlesticks, and even stained glass windows.
We are delighted and proud to offer this very unique and special hand-carved painted Tea Screen, which still bears the original Furniture Shop label. This remarkable, graceful work is a two sided standing wood panel decorated with oil paint and gold-leaf, bearing a poppy and leaf motif on the borders.
This work has been included in several notable books, including the 1972 and 1980 editions of “Mathews, Masterpieces of the California Decorative Style” by Harvey L. Jones, and the 1983 California Impressionism Book published by the Oakland Museum of California.
This charming and elegant screen has also been included in several noteworthy exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, including “Arthur and Lucia Mathews: The California Decorative Style from February 2, 1985 through April 28th, 1985, and “California as Muse: The Art of Arthur and Lucia Mathews from October 28, 2006 through March 25, 2007.