George Nakashima, ‘Settee With Free-Edge Arm, New Hope, Pennsylvania’, 1959, Freeman's
George Nakashima, ‘Settee With Free-Edge Arm, New Hope, Pennsylvania’, 1959, Freeman's

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

Property from the Estate of Corinne Roth, Livingston, New Jersey
Acquired directly from the artist

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
New York,

Fair History on Artsy

2017
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2017
2017
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2017
2016
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2016
2016
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2016
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