Property from the D. H. McCowan Collection
THREE CHESTS OF DRAWERS
walnut, oak, glass
first: 29¾ x 36 x 19 in. (75.5 x 91.4 x 48.2 cm)
second: 29¾ x 36 x 20 in. (75.5 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm)
third: 31¾ x 36 x 20 in. (80.6 x 91.4 x 50.8 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces present with some minor surface scratches, indentations, nicks, and minor abrasions throughout, especially concentrated to the tops and sides of the chests, consistent with age and gentle use. Each chest is outfitted with four drawers, with some drawers displaying minor crayon and pen marks to interior section of drawers. The proper right side of one of the chests with a slight vertical seam separation between the boards, stable and not visually detractive. One of the chests is accompanied by a glass top which can be placed on the top of the chest. The glass presents with some surface scratches consistent with age and gentle use and an area of adhesive residue. The back slabs of one of the chests with an area of adhesive residue. A finely figured set of chests by Nakashima.
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, 1958
Thence by descent to the present owner
George Nakashima Woodworker, cat., New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1995, p. 19
Mira Nakashima, Nature Form & Spirit: The Life and Legacy of George Nakashima, New York, 2003, p. 83 (for a pencil drawing of the model from a 1995 catalogue)