Qing Dynasty, circa 1800
ink and colour on paper, one showing scholar officials gathered in a garden pavilion, the other depicting a group of figures strolling outside a large mansion. Within later bamboo molded frames.
by repute William Haines
William or 'Billy' Haines was one of the most influential decorators in Hollywood of the 20th century. 'Born January, 1, 1900, he used to call himself "a true child of the twentieth century"... Working closely with such architects as James E. Dolena, Roland E. Coate and, later, A. Quincy Jones, Haines transformed the very look of Hollywood. What made his décors so popular – and imitate – was his balance between formal and casual, style and substance. (William J. Mann, 'William Haines: Creator of a smart new look for the Hollywood Scene,' Architectural Digest, January, 2000.)
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