Really superb double (two-sided) lectern made by Marshall Laird, gothic with baroque carvings, the whole in solid walnut, with a capacious cabinet as its base, basically hand carved and finished, almost no machining. Best remembered for his custom made furniture for many of the large Spanish Revival Homes that cropped up all over Southern California during the boom of the 20’s, Marshall Laird was fluent in all the classical styles. This magnificent piece was made for the library of a private home, and acquired from its original owners. Lectern measures 76″ tall x 25″ wide x 25″ deep.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on Jan. 25, 1886, Laird arrived in Los Angeles in 1915, where he achieved great success designing and manufacturing furniture. He died there on April 22, 1948. He was closely associated with Wallace Neff, the architect who can accurately be said to have most decisively shaped the look, landscape and feel of Southern California during the roaring twenties.
Condition excellent, though there is a small chunk broken off at the base of the column.
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