Modern Design /03 October 2004


George Nakashima

Kornblut case
USA, 1973
Persian walnut, rosewood, maple burl
19½ w × 21 d × 22 h in (50 × 53 × 56 cm)

The Kornblut case was originally designed in 1964 for Mr. Kornblut, a client of George Nakashima. The Kornblut cabinet showcases the skill of Nakashima's woodworking in a concise form. The examples offered here are constructed of solid Persian walnut, with solid rosewood doors punctuated with a maple burl handle. Fine examples of this form sold by the original owners. Sold with a photocopy of the original design sketch.

provenance: Barry Blackman, Silver Spring, MD

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $19,200

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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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