Design 08 December 2016

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100

George Nakashima


Wepman occasional table

USA, c. 1975
French olive ash, hickory
14 w x 12½ d x 20 h in (36 x 32 x 51 cm)


estimate: $3,000–5,000

Sold with a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.

provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by Ardelle and Arthur Smilowitz
literature: George Nakashima, Woodworkers, studio catalog, unpaginated

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The Collection of Ardelle and Arthur Smilowitz

The following twenty-two lots represent a selection from the Collection of Ardelle and Arthur Smilowitz. Sharing an eye for design, color, and talent, Ardelle and Arthur spent decades curating a fabulous collection that includes American midcentury design through contemporary works. Masterfully curated, the collection is a testament to their deep appreciation for quality, craftsmanship and materials

The collection demonstrates a pioneering vision of modern design and it attests to their exemplary stewardship and the relationships they cultivated with the artists they collected including Harry Bertoia and Ka-Kwong Hui among others. The Smilowitz family established a particularly strong connection with the renowned woodworker George Nakashima and visited him often at his New Hope studio and campus. The works by Nakashima offered here represent some of his earliest works to appear at auction; dating from 1957 onward, these designs pair an extraordinary wood selection with remarkably intricate handmade detailing.