GREENE & GREENE EXHIBIT AT THE HUNTINGTON
Organized by The Huntington Library and The Gamble House, a permanent exhibition of furniture and decorative arts designed by Charles and Henry Greene is installed in the Dorothy Collins Brown Wing of the Scott Gallery.
In 1990, the entire collection of Greene and Greene designed furniture from the Thorsen house came to the Gamble House through an anonymous bequest. This installation allows additional pieces from the collection to go on view. The dining room table and server have been added, completing the suite of dining room furniture from the Thorsen house, the last of the “ultimate bungalows.”
Furnishings from several other Greene and Greene houses are also on display, illustrating the architects’ interest in combining Asian aesthetics and traditional techniques of hand-craftsmanship.
This landmark exhibition celebrating the work of Greene & Greene was a partnership between The Gamble House and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and featured approximately 140 works designed by the Greenes covering the breadth and depth of their careers. The pieces on display came from private and institutional lenders and, in some instances, had never been seen by the public. They included stained glass, metalwork, textiles, drawings, archival photographs, and virtuoso wood-carving and decorative inlay designed by the Greenes and executed by the master craftsmen with whom they were associated. The exhibition was co-curated by Edward R. Bosley, James N. Gamble Director of The Gamble House, and Anne E. Mallek, Curator of The Gamble House.
A companion book of 11 scholarly essays titled A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene and Greene has been published by Merrill Publishers, Ltd. The book is available at The Gamble House bookstore.