George Nakashima, ‘Pair of Arm Chairs, New Hope, PA’, Circa 1967, Design/Decorative Art, American Black Walnut, Freeman's
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George Nakashima

Pair of Arm Chairs, New Hope, PA, Circa 1967

American Black Walnut
28 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 19 1/2 in
71.8 × 61.6 × 49.5 cm
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This lot is accompanied by a photocopy of the original order card for one chair from George …

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George Nakashima
American, 1905–1990
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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.

George Nakashima, ‘Pair of Arm Chairs, New Hope, PA’, Circa 1967, Design/Decorative Art, American Black Walnut, Freeman's
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This lot is accompanied by a photocopy of the original order card for one chair from George Nakashima Woodworker and a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima for the pair.

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Various small impressions to wood and light edge wear overall, commensurate with age and use. One chair seat with some …

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Signature
One signed with client's name: "Roth"
George Nakashima
American, 1905–1990
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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.

George Nakashima

Pair of Arm Chairs, New Hope, PA, Circa 1967

American Black Walnut
28 1/4 × 24 1/4 × 19 1/2 in
71.8 × 61.6 × 49.5 cm
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