George Nakashima, ‘custom Frenchman's Cove desk’, 1973, Wright
George Nakashima, ‘custom Frenchman's Cove desk’, 1973, Wright
George Nakashima, ‘custom Frenchman's Cove desk’, 1973, Wright

This desk was custom ordered in 1973 for the office of Mr. Wallace, partner at Coopers & Lybrand. Desk features two free edges, three rosewood butterflies and a single drawer with interior dividers. Sold with a photocopy of a hand-colored rendering of the Coopers & Lybrand office interior by Paul Planert Design, a photocopy of original drawing by George Nakashima as well as photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima.

USA

Acquired in 1973 directly from the artist by Mr. Wallace | Thence by descent

About George Nakashima

In the workshop of George Nakashima, the soul of the tree was celebrated. "It is an art- and soul-satisfying adventure to walk the forests of the world, to commune with trees,” Nakashima said, “to bring this living material to the work bench, ultimately to give it a second life." Nakashima, an architect who trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discovered woodworking while in an internment camp during WWII. In 1943, he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania and opened his studio. There he created pieces highlighting wood’s natural beauty, most notably by including the tree’s rough outer layer, or the “free edge”. Nakashima worked throughout the world; in India, he became deeply spiritual. He developed a goal to construct peace altars on every continent—the first, made of book-matched slabs of black walnut, was installed at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1986.

American, 1905-1990, Spokane, Washington, based in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Solo Shows

2014
Johnson Trading Gallery, 
Woodside,

Group Shows

2016
WYETH, 
New York,
Evolution
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