George Nakashima, Rare Sculptural Pair of Conoid Chairs in Walnut, Signed, 1989

$24,500

George Nakashima (1905-1990)

An exceptional pair of Conoid chairs by master craftsman George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In carved black walnut shot through with a tactile red and blond grain, beautifully emphasized by Nakashima’s woodworking skill and respect for material, and blond hickory spindles. The chair’s audacious design —physically stable but seemingly impossible — cantilevers the seat out over only two legs. With a fluidly carved seat that echoes the human form, a curved back, and long tapering horizontal feet that distribute weight evenly and are particularly suited to carpeted rooms. The chairs are a model of balance and daring that testify equally to Nakashima’s training as an architect and the understanding of equilibrium he drew from both eastern and western religious philosophies.

New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1989.

Both chairs are signed and dated on the underside.

  • Origin: New Hope, Pennsylvania
  • Period: 1989
  • Dimensions: 35.5" H x 20.5" W x 21" D
  • Materials: American black walnut, hickory
  • Condition: Excellent; wear consistent with age and use.

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George Nakashima (1905-1990) An exceptional pair of Conoid chairs by master craftsman George Nakashima, among the last he sculpted before his death. In carved black walnut shot through with a tactile red and blond grain beautifully emphasized by Nakashima’s woodworking skill and respect for material, and blond hickory spindles. The chair’s audacious design —physically stable but seemingly impossible — cantilevers the seat out over only two legs, a model of balance and daring that testifies equally to Nakashima’s training as an architect and the understanding of equilibrium he drew from both eastern and western religious philosophies. With a fluidly carved seat that echoes the human form, a curved back, and long tapering horizontal feet that distribute weight evenly and are particularly suited to carpeted rooms.

 

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