Franklin Booth - Design New York Thursday, June 9, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Franklin Booth is best known for his illustrations, which appeared in major American publications of the period. His characteristic style of drawing that emulated the fine lines of a wood cut print is evident in the delineated profile of the present design. Booth's one other foray into lighting design was a 1920 patent for a lampshade design commemorating World War I, and to be used on the "Victory" lamps produced by Snead and Company of Morgan, New Jersey. That shade cleverly presented two scenes: when unlit a war scene illustration was visible on the exterior, when illuminated a peacetime scene would shine through from the interior. Less than a decade later, Booth's second lamp design (presented here) once again reflected contemporary American preoccupations in its adoption of a skyscraper form. This design is recorded under the United States patent number D78189 S, published April 9, 1929.

Property from a California Collection


Table lamp

circa 1929
Painted metal, plastic, colored and iridized glass.
22 1/2 x 11 5/8 x 11 5/8 in. (57.2 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm)
Base incised with Franklin Booth.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $10,000

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New York Auction 9 June 2016