Property from the D. H. McCowan Collection
DOUBLE SLIDING-DOOR CABINET
American black walnut, pandanus cloth, plywood
with original owner's name
31¾ x 59⅞ x 20⅛ in. (80.6 x 152.1 x 51.1 cm)
Overall in very good condition. With slab back, four drawers and two sets of interchangeable doors, one set in wood and one in woven pandanus cloth. Wood surfaces present with some very minor surface scratches and indentations, consistent with age and gentle use. Four Interior drawers all in working order, and doors open and close easily. One dowel slightly raised on top of piece, and some minor wood glue residue, in addition to the numbers 10, 3, 5, 4, 1, and 7 inscribed in red on interior, all inherent to the making process. One shelf with one minor area of wood loss, not visible when installed. The woven pandanus cloth set of doors in good condition, with one minor area of discoloration and some very minor areas of losses, consistent with the natural aging process of the material over time. Wood doors in good condition, with minor indentations, scratches, discoloration and some very minor losses, consistent with age and gentle use. The walnut wood figuring on this work by Nakashima is particularly fine.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
D. H. McCowan, Bend, Oregon, commissioned directly from the artist, 1965
Thence by descent to the present owner
Mira Nakashima, Nature Form & Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima, New York, 2003, p. 82