A vintage George Nakashima floor lamp with provenance. The walnut frame features a cylindrical, fiberglass-impregnated shade surrounded by vertical slats and holly rings. The shade conceals a single bulb socket and the lamp rises on a square post ending in a free form base with a push-button switch. The underside is inscribed “Metcalf”.
Provenance: The lamp comes with a copy of the original invoice dated April 5, 1963 as well as a copy of the original order letter from Robert Metcalf dated January 18, 1963.
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/.
- some minor surface wear; post with a couple of edge scuffs; shade with a few scratches and an indentation at the back resulting in a small tear; base with a couple fissures; the lamp powered on when tested.
- measured at widest points; outer diameter of shade rings is 12".