Modernist Design /19 October 2003

500

George Nakashima

Cross-Legged dining table
USA, 1961
walnut, rosewood
72 w × 36½ d × 28 h in (183 × 93 × 71 cm)

Two board construction featuring three rosewood butterfly joints and cross-legged base.

provenance: Robert C. and Rachel F. Birmingham, Adrian, Michigan

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,530

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George Nakashima 1905–1990

George Nakashima was born in Spokane, Washington in 1905. He attended the University of Washington where he excelled in architecture courses and was awarded a scholarship to study at the Ecole Americaine des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau. Nakashima completed his master’s degree from MIT

in 1930, and worked for a brief time as a mural painter before losing his job during the depression. Nakashima sold his car, moved to Paris and then to Tokyo in 1934. In Japan, he worked at the architectural firm of Antonin Raymond where he was exposed to the Japanese folk art tradition. In 1937, Nakashima traveled to India to supervise the construction of Golconde, a dormitory for Sri Aurobindo Ashram. 

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