Millard Sheets, one of the founding members of the “California Scene Painters,” is well-known for his murals and paintings. However, Sheets became heavily involved in modern design and architecture when he founded Millard Sheets Designs Company in 1953. His staff, which included architects, engineers, artists, and draftsmen, completed many projects for private residencies, banks, and government offices1. In the late 1950s, his company designed the Scottish Rite Memorial Temple, located on Wilshire and Lucerne in Los Angeles. Sheets himself designed many aspects of the temple, most notably the theatre and an external mosaic depicting the history of temple building. The following two lots were designed for the temple and kindly authenticated by Tony Sheets, son of the artist.
1:“Millard Sheets Biography.” California Watercolor. Californiawatercolor.com, 2010. Web. 6 September 2010.
– Paul DesMarais, Contributing Writer
Millard Sheets, Console, Studio, executed circa 1961 for the Scottish Rite Temple, Walnut with inlaid mosaic glass tiles, 33.25″h x 84″ x 17.75″
Estimate $8,000 – 12,000
Millard Sheets, Pair of Tables, Studio, executed circa 1961 for the Scottish Rite Temple, Tavertine with Oak base, 16.5″h x 38″ diameter
Estimate $5,000 – 7,000
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