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George Nakashima
A RARE TRIPLE CABINET
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George Nakashima
A RARE TRIPLE CABINET
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Details & Cataloguing

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George Nakashima
A RARE TRIPLE CABINET
American black walnut, East Indian rosewood, woven seagrass
28 5/8  x 104 1/8  x 25 1/2  in. (72.7 x 264.4 x 64.7 cm)
1962
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Provenance

Commissioned directly from the artist by the original owner, 1962
Thence by descent
Sotheby’s New York, February 26, 1994, lot 283

Literature

Mira Nakashima, Nature Form & Sprit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima, New York, 2003, pp. 174 and 181 (for a related example in situ in the Conoid Studio)

Catalogue Note


The present triple cabinet is a visual celebration of George Nakashima’s spiritual approach towards craftsmanship. Its richly figured single-board top features two highly sculptural free-form edges, honoring the inherent beauty and integrity of the material. A dramatic overhang on one side, accented by a singular butterfly key, imparts the work with a strong dynamism and asymmetry, as would be found in nature. Thoughtfully conceived and masterfully executed, the cabinet is complete with a finished
back that allows for use as a sideboard or room divider. As a whole, the present lot emphasizes Nakashima’s expert synthesis of natural forms and versatile structure while preserving the spirit of the material.

Important Design

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