Robert 'Bungalow Bob' Winter of Pasadena Enjoyed Rare Possessions Which Are Emerging into the Public View

Two Significant Sales Took Center Stage at Bonham’s Auction

Published : Friday, November 1, 2019 | 2:00 PM

Dr. Robert Winter Courtesy-copy

Precious property of historian Robert “Bungalow Bob” Winter will be going back on the auction block in March 29, following two significant sales this week at Bonhams’ Modern Design | Art Sale in Los Angeles.

Winter, known for his research of and love for the Arts and Crafts Movement, passed away Feb. 9, 2019. But some of his most beloved treasures found a new home. The noted LA architecture chronicler cherished his beautiful property and among the rare items up for sale are rare table lamps, furniture and other objects.

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“This collection really looks at the most collectible and compelling items we were shown,” said Bonham’s Curator Jason Stein. “Dr. Winter’s capsule of pieces are within the auction. Modern Design and Art is the framework. The beginning of the sale (kicked) off with Dr. Winter’s pieces. These are great pieces of furniture and objects that Dr. Winter had in his home on the Arroyo, the Batchelder House.

“Dr. Winter lived with these pieces and they’re so interesting,” Stein said. “There are even some rare Batchelder jardinieres (which sold, see below). Everyone knows about the tile, but the jardinieres are very rare and it’s incredible that we see these. Of course Dr. Winter authored a book on Batchelder.

Winter was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1924 and he graduated with an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.

Batchelder jardineres courtesy1

He taught at Dartmouth, Bowdoin, UCLA and Occidental and retired in 1994. He lived in the Batchelder House in Pasadena, which was appropriate given his love of history. He wrote the book “Betchelder Tilemaker” in 1999. He also wrote “The California Bungalow” in 1980 and “American Bungalow Style” in 1996, along with guidebooks to the architecture of Southern California. One of his most notable works is “Architecture in Los Angeles: A Complete Guide,” written with David Gebhard, which is considered one of the most important books on SoCal architecture.

Among the additional works going up for auction on March 29 include Tiffany Studios leaded glass windows from the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica – the Woodland Landscape Window and the Tennyson Landscape Window.

Belongings of Winter Already Sold in October:

Ernest A. Batchelder (1875-1957) Two Jardinieres from the Early 20th Century;
Glazed terracotta, the smaller stamped ‘BATCHELDER’ and incised ‘#503 17007′, the larger apparently unmarked. Sold for $4,825

Gustav Stickley (1858-1942)
Library Table
Circa 1905
Oak, leather, metal nailheads
Sold for $3,187

Other works from the exhibit are available online including property from the iconic Clift Hotel of San Francisco, including custom furniture from the lobby, lounge and nightclub by Philippe Starck, Salvador Dali, and Jean-Baptist Mondino, such as chairs, tables, mirrors and lighting. These are available online now ends Nov. 4 12 p.m. pst.

Following the live auction, a select number of pieces have become available via


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