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Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Conservatory Doors from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Lawrence Galbo, Buffalo, New York

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Conservatory Doors from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York

Pair of Conservatory Doors from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

100,800

USD

Property from the Collection of Lawrence Galbo, Buffalo, New York

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Conservatory Doors from the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York


circa 1903-1905

executed by the Linden Glass Company, Chicago, Illinois

opalescent, iridized and clear glass, brass-plated "colonial" zinc cames, original wood door frames (not illustrated)

58 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (147.6 x 36.2 cm) for each glass panel

78 x 24 1/8 x 1 3/4 in. (198.1 x 61.3 x 4.4 cm) for each door frame

Overall in very good condition. When viewed with remitted light (as illustrated in the catalogue photography), the iridized glass displays complementary amber and soft emerald green hues. All of the iridized, opalescent and clear glass appears original and undisturbed and in very good condition with some scattered minor and fine surface scratches throughout consistent with age and gentle handling. The iridized and opalescent glass presents with minute air bubbles inherent to production. The doors with approximately four hairline cracks to the clear glass dispersed throughout, stable. The proper right door with two shallow clamshell chips to the clear glass, only visible upon close inspection. The glass presents with surface soiling concentrated to the contours adjacent to the cames. The brass-plated zinc cames are in very good condition with some occasional minor surface scratches, abrasions, light wear and oxidation consistent with age and gentle handling. The glass is presently installed in its original wood frame (not illustrated), which presents with scattered surface scratches, abrasions, discolorations and wear throughout and more pronounced dents and chips to the corners and edges consistent with age and use. The proper left door with a loss to the wood in the lower right corner measuring approximately 1 x 1 inch. A well-preserved example of Wright’s creative glass artistry from one of his most celebrated commissions.


 In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York
Private Collection, Buffalo, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Edgar Kaufmann, Frank Lloyd Wright at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, p. 22 (for a period photograph of a related door in situ)
David A. Hanks, Frank Lloyd Wright, Preserving an Architectural Heritage, Decorative Designs from The Domino's Pizza Collection, exh. cat., New York, 1989, pp. 56 (for a related window) and 57 (for a period photograph of a related window in situ)
Thomas A. Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright: Glass Art, London, 1994, p. 103 (for a related window)
Jack Quinan, ed., Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House, exh. cat., Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, July 31-November 28, 1999, p. 17 (for a related window)
Julie L. Sloan, Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, exh. cat., New York, 2001, pp. 84 (for a drawing of a related window) and 85 (for the present lot illustrated)
Julie L. Sloan, Light Screens: The Complete Leaded-Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, 2001, pp. 262 (for a related window in situ) and 263 (for a drawing of a related window)
Eric Jackson-Forsberg, ed., Frank Lloyd Wright: Art Glass of the Martin House Complex, San Francisco, 2009, pp. 6 (for related doors in situ) and 67 (for a related door panel)
Frank Lloyd Wright: Windows of the Darwin D. Martin House, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, New York, July 31–November 28, 1999
Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, American Craft Museum, New York, May 10-September 2, 2001, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan, October 12, 2001-January 6, 2002, Allentown Art Museum, Pennsylvania, February 21-April 28, 2002, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, June 8-September 1, 2002, Orange County Art Museum, Newport Beach, California, October 5, 2002-January 5, 2003, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., March 14-July 20, 2003