PROPERTY FROM THE GEYER FAMILY COLLECTION

Greene & Greene
EXTERIOR LANTERN FROM THE ROBERT R. BLACKER HOUSE, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 170,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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PROPERTY FROM THE GEYER FAMILY COLLECTION

Greene & Greene
EXTERIOR LANTERN FROM THE ROBERT R. BLACKER HOUSE, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 170,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Details & Cataloguing

Important 20th Century Design

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Greene & Greene
EXTERIOR LANTERN FROM THE ROBERT R. BLACKER HOUSE, PASADENA, CALIFORNIA
patinated brass, iridized glass and patinated bronze chain
22 1/2  x 27 x 27 in. (57.1 x 68.6 x 68.6 cm) 62 in. (157.5 cm) drop
circa 1908
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Provenance

Robert Roe and Nellie Celeste Canfield Blacker
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Otto Bockelman, by acquisition of the house and contents, late 1940s
Max and Marjorie Hill, by acquisition of the house and contents, circa 1950
Michael Carey, New York, 1985
Acquired from the above by the present owners, circa 1988

Literature

William R. Current and Karen Current, Greene & Greene:  Architects in the Residential Style, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1977, pp. 47, 50 and 52
Randell L. Makinson, Greene & Greene: Architecture as a Fine Art, Salt Lake City, 1977, pp. 151 and 153
Randell L. Makinson, Greene & Greene: Furniture and Related Designs, Salt Lake City, 1979, p. 77
Marvin Rand, Greene & Greene, Layton, UT, 2005, p. 192

Catalogue Note

The present lot is a rare surviving example from the exterior lighting scheme for the Robert R. Blacker House in Pasadena, California, widely recognized as one of the largest and most elaborate commissions completed by the architects Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene.  Approximately ten of these dramatic, broad-hooded lanterns were executed for the commission in three varying sizes.  The present lot is an example of the middle size.  They were hung from the projecting beams of the post-and-beam structure, with a monumental example hung at the end of the porte-cochère and a smaller variant hung outside the billiard room.  The abstract branches articulated in the upper corners of the lantern were inspired by the plant materials on the Blacker property.  The incorporation of these motifs is a reflection of the value that Greene & Greene placed on the unity between natural and constructed environments.

Important 20th Century Design

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