Design  17 October 2013

From the Original Owner

Sold with a copy of drawing by the artist


593

Arredoluce

chandelier

result: $40,800



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101

George Nakashima

Kevin table

estimate: $20,000-30,000


106

George Nakashima

Plank headboard and platform bed

estimate: $10,000-15,000



108

George Nakashima

Kent Hall floor lamp

estimate: $10,000-15,000


113

George Nakashima

Chest of drawers

estimate: $7,000-9,000



115

George Nakashima

Plank daybed

estimate: $10,000-15,000


121

George Nakashima

Greenrock table

estimate: $10,000-15,000



123

George Nakashima

Conoid Cushion chairs, pair

estimate: $20,000-30,000

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.

Nakashima returned to the United States settling in Seattle, Washington where he worked for an architect and constructed his first furniture designs in the basement of a local Boys Club. During World War II, he and his family were sent to a Japanese internment camp in Idaho. Antonin Raymond petitioned for and attained their release under the condition that Nakashima would work on his farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Relocated, Nakashima began making furniture again. He produced a line for Knoll in 1946 and designed the Origins line for Widdicomb in 1957, but it is his studio works and important commissioned forms for which he is most admired.

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