If the colorful panels on this cabinet remind you of a patchwork quilt, that’s exactly what the artist wanted. Jim Rose makes furniture and art objects out of aged steel. His work is original and innovative, and his inspiration comes from centuries-old American styles like folk art and Shaker furniture. This “Quilt” cabinet, which sold at Palm Beach Modern Auctions for $1,400, was inspired by quilts made in Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Gee’s Bend is a largely isolated community on the Alabama River. Its African-American residents preserve the cultural traditions of their ancestors. Quilting originated in the bedcovers made in the early 19th century. Gee’s Bend quilts feature colorful designs made from rectangular strips or triangular pieces of fabric. Some follow traditional patterns; others have informal, abstract designs. Jim Rose created similar patterns in steel and wood for many of his works, including this cabinet.