Important 20th Century Design /04 December 2005

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George Nakashima

hanging wall case
USA, c. 1965
American black walnut, grass cloth
72 w × 13¾ d × 14¼ h in (183 × 35 × 36 cm)

Joined top with free edge and cantilevered end over two sliding doors concealing adjustable shelf.

provenance: Acquired directly from the artist Private collection Property from the Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Sold to benefit the acquisitions fund

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,200

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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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