George Nakashima, ‘Trestle dining table’, 1972, Wright
George Nakashima, ‘Trestle dining table’, 1972, Wright
George Nakashima, ‘Trestle dining table’, 1972, Wright

Top is comprised of two bookmatched boards with four rosewood butterflies, highly figured grain, two free edges and sap-grain detail. Signed with client's name to underside: [Profeta]. Sold with photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima.


George Nakashima, Woodworker, studio catalog, unpaginated

Acquired in 1972 directly from the artist by Paul and Joan Profeta | 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

Johnson Trading Gallery, 

Group Shows

New York,
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