A vintage George Nakashima Frenchman’s Cove II dining table with provenance. The walnut frame features a rectangular, two-board top with straight edges joined by three butterfly keys. The top is supported by a trestle base with four square uprights and shoe feet.
Provenance: The table comes with the original drawing, the original invoice on Nakashima letterhead, as well as the initial order letter from Robert Metcalf dated January 18, 1963. Other materials in the group include a product catalog and two price lists, one of which is dated 1979. Finally, the group comes with six loose catalog pages with a preface by Nakashima from May 1955.
George Nakashima (1905—1990) was an American woodworker, furniture maker, and architect. One of the leading innovators of 20th-century furniture design, Nakashima used the natural patterns, forms, and even imperfections of wood to create minimalist pieces of beautiful and functional furniture. A hallmark of Nakashima’s work is the patience with which he produced his designs and the perfection that is evident in every part of his furniture. His pieces are highly sought after, imminently collectible. Many of Nakashima’s clients corresponded with him directly on a regular basis. Seller Robert Metcalf kept meticulous records on his collection of Nakashima pieces, including this correspondence. Many of these records and notes are included with the items in this sale, adding even more value to each piece.
For more information on this great designer’s life, work, and legacy please visit http://nakashimafoundation.org/; http://www.nakashimawoodworker.com/.
- to fair; some surface wear, including scratches and scuffs, mostly to base; top with overall fading as well as some scattered discolored spots; base with some moisture stains/drip marks.