New York: George D. Thompson & Co., circa 1900. The archive contains over 40 items including: 12 pencil sketches, 2 hand-colored pencil sketches, 6 pin-prick transfer patterns, 2 tri-fold screen mock-ups, and 19 b/w 8” x 10” photographs of completed screens and panels.
Although it’s unclear when George Thompson began selling fine decorative leather screens and wall panels, he was already a master craftsman at the time he was featured in the May 1903 issue of The House Beautiful. Until the 1920s, his company created luxury leather wall panels, doors, tabletops, and screens based on both original designs and historic pieces in a variety of styles including Venetian, Flemish, Florentine, Spanish, Anglo-Japanese, Chinoiserie, Queen Anne, Chippendale, and William & Mary. Contemporary advertisements in architectural and building catalogs and magazines touted that his creations had been installed in the Hotel Belmont, Hotel Regis, the Flower Memorial Library, the the Harry Fisk residence, the Director’s Room of the State Bank at Albany, and the dining rooms and libraries of some of the finest New York residences (Fisk, Rice, Delafield, Clark).
The paper items in this archive were all actually used in designing and creating Thompson's works and show wear and soiling commensurate the that effort. Ten of the photographs bear project numbers ranging from 4039 to 7001. About 2/3s are linen-backed, and a few have dimensions annotated on the reverse. Item #009602
At the time of this listing, there are two other lots of Thompson material for sale in the trade, however both appear primarily to consist of watercolor designs and mock-ups, likely used for sales and marketing, as opposed to these items which were used to create the works. Rare Book Hub shows that another lot of Thompson materials was sold at a 2010 Swann Galleries auction. No Thompson materials are held by institutions per OCLC.