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While Haines was known for his flawless attention to detail and clever taste, he also had a discerning eye for design. As his business flourished in the 1940s and 50s, Haines began designing his own furniture and lamps. In the late 1940s Haines was called upon by F. Hugh Herbert, noted playwright, screenwriter, novelist and director, to furnish and design his Bel Air estate. The Herbert estate included both custom Haines designs, as well as furnishing Haines chose and altered to fit the interior, inciting his duel nature as both a designer and a decorator. Haines’ custom designs included a game table, a coffee table, and a number of custom lamps, which usually made use of existing sculptures or antiques. Always attune to detail, he added the red-lacquered columns (Lot 74) to coordinate with the red in the bases of the pair of Chinese urns. Combining Asian classicism with elegant, functional design, the coffee table (Lot 72) is constructed around a panel from a vintage Japanese coromandel screen inlaid in wood covered in Stergis leather. Haines liked to include intimate tables for gaming or private conversation in most of his interiors. The Stergis leather game table (Lot 73) employs Haines’ trademark unicorn legs and hideaway drink coasters. In addition to his own designs, his rooms also included pieces from contemporary artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Salvador Dali, and Georges Braque. Self-taught, ambitious, and modern, Haines pleased his prestigious clients by producing some of the most distinctive interiors of the 20th century. Literature: Schifando, Peter and Jean H. Mathison. Class Act William Haines: Legendary Hollywood Decorator, New York: Printed Leaf Press, 2005. Interview. Pam Callies, niece to Mary Herbert, May 16, 2011.

73 WILLIAM “BILLY” HAINES GAME TABLE Studio, circa 1948 Table 30”h x 36” x 36” Table retains impressed gold foil stamp “Designed by WM. Haines” and “Stergis” Provenance: F H UGH AN D MARY H ER B ERT, BEL AI R

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