DALLAS – More than three-quarters of a century after George Nakashima opened his studio, the works it produces remain in high demand among collectors who prize the merging of artistic designs with elite craftsmanship.
Three works from the studio that still custom-mills sustainably harvested hardwoods will land in new collections when they are sold in Heritage Auctions’ Design Auction July 15. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“The Nakashima Woodworkers, founded in 1945, has maintained its well-earned reputation as a master woodworker, designer, and furniture maker whose works have been prized for generations,” Heritage Auctions Design Director Brent Lewis said. “Under the stewardship of his daughter, Mira, the studio continues to create furniture offering a rare blend of aesthetic beauty and functionality that has fostered generations of eager collecting.”
Featured in the auction are:
A Mira Nakashima Conoid dining table from 2000, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, which features one of George Nakashima’s most important designs: a Conoid design with an angled table base supporting a free-edge walnut slab top that measures 78 inches long.
A Mira Nakashima set of six Conoid dining chairs, created in 2003 and estimated at $10,000-$15,000 – beautiful examples of a cantilevered design that come to the auction block directly from the first owner.
Ben Shahn’s Blind Botanist with George Nakashima Frame from 1963, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, a lithograph from an outstanding artist who was a friend to the Nakashima family, in a 26-by-20-in custom frame.
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