Bid Smart: Mira Nakashima – worthy successor to father George

A Mira Nakashima single-board Conoid dining table and six single-board Conoid dining chairs achieved $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2023. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

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A Mira Nakashima single-board Conoid dining table and six single-board Conoid dining chairs achieved $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2023. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.
A Mira Nakashima single-board Conoid dining table with six single-board Conoid dining chairs achieved $30,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2023. Image courtesy of Freeman’s and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — When renowned architect, furniture-maker and woodworker George Nakashima died in 1990, daughter Mira Nakashima (American, b. 1942-) had no qualms about stepping into his shoes to manage his legacy.

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Estate collection of works by Mira Nakashima takes spotlight at Freeman’s, April 4

Mira Nakashima, single-board Conoid dining table and set of six single-board Conoid dining chairs, estimated at $30,000-$50,000
Mira Nakashima, single-board Conoid dining table and set of six single-board Conoid dining chairs, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

Mira Nakashima, single-board Conoid dining table and set of six single-board Conoid dining chairs, estimated at $30,000-$50,000

PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s Tuesday, April 4 sale, titled Mira Nakashima Masterworks: The Estate of Geoffrey Halaburt, represents the strongest single-owner collection of works by Mira Nakashima to ever appear at auction. The daughter of legendary woodworker George Nakashima, Mira has overseen the family’s storied New Hope, Pennsylvania furniture studio since her father’s death in 1990. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Nakashima, Tiffany and Picasso share the stage at Freeman’s, Oct. 25-26

Pablo Picasso, ‘Tete d’Homme Barbu,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Left, George Nakashima Minguren I coffee table, estimated at $150,000-$250,000; right, Pablo Picasso, ‘Tete d’Homme Barbu,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000
Left, George Nakashima Minguren I coffee table, estimated at $150,000-$250,000; right, Pablo Picasso, ‘Tete d’Homme Barbu,’ estimated at $80,000-$120,000

PHILADELPHIA — In back-to-back auctions this month, Freeman’s presents a distinguished collection of 20th-century furniture and design and modern and contemporary painting, sculpture and works on paper by the likes of George Nakashima, Pablo Picasso, Tiffany Studios, Roy Lichtenstein and Lynn Chadwick.
Modern and Contemporary Art, taking place at 11 am Eastern time on Tuesday, October 25, is led by Pablo Picasso’s Tete d’Homme Barbu, a playful, imaginative drawing from the artist’s recovery from surgery in the South of France in 1966; it is estimated at $80,000-$120,000. Design, which will be held at 11 am Eastern time on Wednesday, October 26, features the sale of three extraordinary Tiffany Studios windows from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Meriden, Connecticut, including a Passionflower, Iris, and Mock Orange landscape window offered at an estimate of $200,000-$300,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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