George Nakashima, ‘Set of Six Conoid Chairs, New Hope, Pennsylvania’, 1968-83, Freeman's

This lot is accompanied by photocopies of the original order cards from George Nakashima Woodworker and a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.

Signature: Two chairs signed and dated: "George Nakashima Oct 1982", Three chairs signed with client's name: "Roth", One chair signed with studio notation: "Showroom"

Property from the Estate of Corinne Roth, Livingston, New Jersey
Acquired directly from the artist beginning in 1968 with subsequent orders to augment the set through 1983

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

Johnson Trading Gallery, 

Group Shows

New York,
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