Modernist 20th Century /07 December 2003

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George Nakashima

Conoid chairs, set of four
USA, c. 1967
walnut, hickory
20 w × 22½ d × 35½ h in (51 × 57 × 90 cm)

The Conoid chair is the most modern seating design created by Nakashima. The cantilevered and carved plank seat and sled base contrast with the Windsor inspired hickory spindles to create a masterpiece in the modern craft tradition. Signed with the client name: [Wallace].

estimate: $20,000–25,000
result: $22,420

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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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