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Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Doors from the Francis W. Little House, "Northome," Wayzata, Minnesota

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Doors from the Francis W. Little House, "Northome," Wayzata, Minnesota

Pair of Doors from the Francis W. Little House, "Northome," Wayzata, Minnesota

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 60,000 USD

Lot sold:

50,400

USD

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

Frank Lloyd Wright

Pair of Doors from the Francis W. Little House, "Northome," Wayzata, Minnesota


circa 1912-1914

executed by the Temple Art Glass Company, Chicago, Illinois

opaque and clear glass, copper-plated zinc came, original painted wood door frame (not illustrated)

69 1/4 x 17 1/8 in. (175.9 x 43.5 cm) for each glass panel

85 1/2 x 25 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (217.2 x 65.4 x 7 cm) for each door frame

Overall in very good condition. All of the opaque and clear glass appears original and undisturbed in very good condition with some scattered minor and fine surface scratches throughout consistent with age and gentle handling. The glass presents with some surface soiling and putty residue concentrated to the contours adjacent to the cames. The copper-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 appears to have been repainted at some point in the history of the piece, with traces of its original green border still visible around the perimeter of the glass. The doors present with scattered surface scratches, paint losses, abrasions and wear throughout and more pronounced dents and chips to the corners and edges consistent with age and use. The proper left door with an area of loss to the wood in the lower right corner measuring approximately ½ x 3 ¾ inches. The proper right door with an area of loss to the wood in the upper left corner measuring approximately 2 x 2 inches. As illustrated in the catalogue photography, one door features a small square red tile in the lower corner, a motif that Wright often used as a signature. A well-preserved example of one of Wright’s highly complex designs.


 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.

Francis W. Little House, "Northome," Wayzata, Minnesota
Urban Remains, Chicago
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2012
Edgar Kaufmann, Frank Lloyd Wright at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1982, pp. 28 and 35 (for photographs and drawings of related windows)
David A. Hanks, Frank Lloyd Wright: Preserving an Architectural Heritage, New York, 1989, p. 85 (for a photograph of related doors)
William Allin Storrer, The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion, Chicago, 1993, p. 174-175 (for period photographs of related windows in situ)
Thomas Heinz, Frank Lloyd Wright: Glass Art, London, 1994, pp. 156, 158-159 (for related doors and windows)
Julie L. Sloan, Light Screens: The Complete Leaded-Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, 2001, pp. 220 and 221-222 (for photographs of related windows in situ)
Julie L. Sloan, Light Screens: The Leaded-Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, 2001, pp. 126-127 (for related windows and doors)