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Paul Evans

A Unique "Sculpture Front" Cabinet

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Property from a Private Collection, Long Island, New York

Paul Evans

Paul Evans

A Unique "Sculpture Front" Cabinet

A Unique "Sculpture Front" Cabinet

Estimate:

180,000

to
- 240,000 USD

Lot sold:

403,200

USD

Property from a Private Collection, Long Island, New York

Paul Evans

A Unique "Sculpture Front" Cabinet


1967

the interior fitted with a liquor cabinet, flatware drawer and seven adjustable shelves

lacquered, gilt, painted and patinated steel, brass, slate, gilt and painted wood

signed PAUL EVANS and dated 67 with Dorsey Reading’s fabrication mark

31 1/8 x 123 x 23 1/2  in. (84.1 x 312.4 x 59.7 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The present piece is a unique example from the artist’s celebrated “Sculpture-Front” series and has remained within the same family since it was originally commissioned in 1967. The sculpted elements, which incorporate among its many complex compositions a variety of valve components from the original owner’s manufacturing company, are all in well-preserved condition and present with superb polychrome and gilt decorations in addition to painterly polychrome surfaces on the doors. The metal elements overall present with surface irregularities and great texture which are inherent to the artist's practice. The metal elements present with light oxidation throughout, which is consistent with age and common for such works, as well as light surface soiling concentrated to the recessed areas of the design. The cabinet opens to four separate compartments, three of which are fitted with adjustable green felt shelving (all original to the cabinet) and one of which is fitted with a gilt flatware drawer and liquor cabinet. The gilt drawer-front presents with a few minute chips to the right and left edges, the largest measuring approximately ½ inch and not visually distracting. The interior liquor cabinet door, executed in a patchwork composition of painted metal, exhibits a superbly textured mossy green surface, which presents with scattered flaking and rubbing to the paint, discolorations and occasional verdigris spots throughout. The painted wooden interiors of the compartments present with occasional surface scratches, wear and light soiling consistent with age and gentle use. The original slate top is in excellent condition overall and presents with a few minute indentations to the edges and scattered minor surface scratches, faint abrasions and light soiling consistent with gentle use. The cabinet rests on a painted wooden base in good condition with some occasional scattered scratches, scuffing and wear consistent with use. A masterpiece by Evans displaying exceptional scale, proportions, artistry and coloration. The piece is incredibly dynamic in person and has wonderful visual presence.  


 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.

Commissioned directly from the artist by Elliott and Rita Frank, Roslyn, New York, 1967
Thence by descent to the present owner
Jeffrey Head, Paul Evans: Designer & Sculptor, Atglen, PA, 2012, pp. 40-41 (for a related cabinet from the "Sculpture Front" series)