From the Collection of John Fairey
John Fairey was a lifelong and avid horticulturalist. His global pursuits to save and maintain rare species of plants not found in his adopted home of Texas drove him to purchase and designate thirty-nine acres of land for these flora. The property was to be known as Peckerwood Garden (now called John Fairey Garden), and is an expansive display of nature, serving as a conservation hub and research mecca for rare plants sourced and maintained from Mexico, Asia, the United States and elsewhere.
Professionally trained in design, Fairey came to Texas to teach the decorative arts and design at Texas A&M University in College Station. It was here that he met George Nakashima, who often visited the university on the lecture circuit, and the two became lifelong friends. In addition to his extensive collection of Mexican folk art, Fairey amassed a noteworthy collection of Nakashima furniture. Letters and correspondence between the two men substantiate a warm and lasting friendship.
The present lot comes from the collection of John Fairey, who sadly passed away in March of 2020.