George Nakashima, ‘Single Chest of Drawers, New Hope, Pennsylvania’, Circa 1965, Freeman's

This lot is accompanied by a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.

Condition Note:
Very nice condition. No damage noted. Drawer interiors laid down with contact paper.

Property from the Lehrer Family Collection
Acquired directly from the artist
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

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Fair History on Artsy

Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2017
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2017
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2016
Moderne Gallery at The Salon Art + Design 2016
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ Basel 2016
Moderne Gallery at Design Miami/ 2015
Moderne Gallery at The Salon: Art + Design 2015
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