Signature: signed and dated WC 72
Alastair Gordon, Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms-Works from 1959-1979, pp. 78-79 (for a related lidded chest)
Emily Evans Eerdmans, Wendell Castle: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1958-2012, pp. 80-81 (for related boxes)
Wendell Castle Private Collection, California
Acquired from the above by the present owner
About Wendell Castle
Wendell Castle is known as the father of art furniture. The artist and designer was a pioneer of a new type of handcrafted and sculptural form, one that blurred the line between art and craft when it emerged in the 1960s. Working in wood, including the technique he developed using stacked laminated wood, or in hand-carved Fiberglass, he creates bold and graceful expressions of pure form, voluminous shapes that reference the body. Along with his work as a sculptor, Castle was an educator, beginning at the School for American Craftsmen at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the early ‘60s. In 2007 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Design from the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
American, b. 1932, Emporia, Kansas, based in Scottsville, New York