Modern Design /20 March 2005

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George Nakashima

Trestle dining table
USA, 1963
walnut
84 w × 40 d × 29 h in (213 × 102 × 74 cm)

This dining table is from the collection of Dennis Davis; it was commissioned for a house he designed for his parents in 1963. and features four butterfly joints, a book matched top and an ovoid cross stretcher. The house plans specified several designs by Nakashima for the interior and Davis coordinated a single order for the project. The table features four butterfly joints, a book-matched top and an ovoid cross stretcher. Sold with correspondence and invoice related to the commission.

provenance: Dennis Davis, Santa Barbara Private collection, Los Angeles

estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $13,000

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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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