"While many collectors know of Max Kuehne’s wonderful impressions of Cape Ann, some are unaware that the artist also made his own professional-quality frames for his paintings, as well as beautifully gilded and carved furniture and screens. His designs were inspired by historic and cultural motifs encountered during his travels abroad, and he incised the designs into uncured wood, applied gesso and silver leaf, and would often-times finish them with an orange shellac to infuse his creations with a golden warmth. This screen is especially appealing with the lively garden motif, complete with a wide variety of flowers, grasses and leaves, with a butterfly acting as almost a punctuation point in the upper right panel. Today Kuehne’s distinctive furniture creations can be found in several museum collections, among them the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts."
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Collection, Boston, Massachusetts