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Lucite Table Lamp by Billy Haines

$3,500

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This Billy Haines table lamp features a prominent 17.5" H X 5" squared block of bevelled lucite. The base is wooden and painted black. The new custom shade is a black silk overlaid with a Lurex casement fabric. This lamp from the Estate of Jean Mathison who ran the offices of William Haines Inc. for 30+ years. Jean along with Peter Schifando also authored the book Class Act William Haines Legendary Hollywood Decorator. This lamp employs a Haines technique, the wires from the socket are buried within the lucite and are nearly invisible. The base retains the original finish but has been touched up and the lucite has "crystalized" creating a unique pattern. Over the years Haines would make changes to his interiors and sometimes replace items. The things that we removed we often given to his employees. I imagine that is what happened in this instance.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.75 in (70.49 cm)Width: 14.5 in (36.83 cm)Depth: 14.5 in (36.83 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The crazing that appears in this lamp is not original to the design rather a sing of time passing. It creates a unique look. New Custom silk Lampshade.
  • Seller Location
    Palm Desert, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU797725084852

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    Ships From: Palm Desert, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

William Billy Haines

Plenty of prolific designers started off on slightly different tracks than those on which they ended up, but rarely did they begin their careers in a totally separate industry like William “Billy” Haines did. Before he gained a reputation as a furniture designer and decorator to Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, Haines was himself a star of the silver screen.

After leaving his native Virginia as a young man, Haines earned modeling and acting jobs in New York City and then won a Goldwyn Studios talent contest in the early 1920s. The next frontier was California, where he would go on to appear in more than 50 films. His acting career was halted abruptly in 1933, allegedly because he refused to leave his partner, British footballer Jimmy Shields, at the request of his representation at MGM Studios. Whether it was the fact that Haines was one half of Hollywood’s first openly gay marriage or that there were other factors at play, MGM cofounder Louis B. Mayer canceled his contract.

Luckily for Haines, he had nurtured a side career that kept him on Hollywood’s radar: He was a prominent antiques dealer on La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. Haines dedicated himself full-time to both dealing and designing furniture as soon as his tenure as a leading man came to an end.

Haines collaborated with the era’s biggest names in architecture and created a desert living room for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco that featured walls made of California Joshua wood and a painting by Georgia O’ Keeffe. He paid close attention to lighting design, employed hand-painted wallpaper and favored featuring Chinese ceramics alongside Chippendale chairs and ottomans for entertaining. His most famous clients included Joan Crawford, Carole Lombard, Betsy Bloomingdale and more. Crawford played a significant role in kick-starting his career when she commissioned Haines to decorate her entire home in Brentwood.

Haines was such an esteemed tastemaker that he’s among those credited with having cemented Hollywood Regency as a reputable design style. (Its origins are owed to influential interior decorator Dorothy Draper.) While he gravitated toward the look of chinoiserie and English furniture, his signature was low-level seating and giltwood accents. Haines’s interior design style was so in vogue that Nancy Reagan became one of his biggest fans and eventually enlisted Ted Graber, Haines’s successor following his death in 1973, to decorate several private and public rooms in the White House.

Find a collection of vintage William Haines lounge chairs, lighting fixtures and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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