Important 20th Century Design /04 December 2005

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George Nakashima

Greenrock end table
USA, 1989
cherry, laurel
18 w × 19½ d × 15 h in (46 × 50 × 38 cm)

Single slab free edge top with two laurel butterflies spanning knots in the wood. Two fissures to top and one small cherry butterfly to underside. Signed and dated to underside: [George Nakashima Nov 28 1989 Friedlander]. Sold with original drawing and receipt.

provenance: Friedlander family, New Jersey Private collection

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $20,400

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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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