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George nakashima

Born in 1905 in Spokane, Washington, to Japanese immigrants, George Nakashima is an American woodworker and architect, who was a leading figure of the American craft movement and innovative 20th century furniture design. He was educated in architecture at the University of Washington and M.I.T.

After finishing his studies in 1931, Nakashima sold his car and bought an around-the-world steamship ticket. He traveled around in France, living the bohemian life in Paris for a year, India and Japan. In Japan, while working for Antonin Raymond -American architect who also collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright-, Nakashima journeyed through Japan in detail, learning Japanese architecture and designs. Throughout his travels, Nakashima absorbed both traditional and modern aspects of art, design and culture and melded them in his unique style.

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A 'WEPMAN' TABLE, SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)



Aug 16, 2018
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George Nakashima hanging wall-cabinet

USA, 1958<br />American black walnut, Pandanus cloth<br />70.75 w &times; 14.5 d &times; 14.25 h in (180 &times; 37 &times; 36 cm) Cabinet features a joined top with overhang, free edge and sap-grain detail. Two sliding doors conceal storage and one adjustable shelf. Signed with client’s name to reverse: [Sacks]. Sold with digital copies of the order card, invoice and letter of authenticity issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired directly from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sacks, New York | Rago,...

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima Conoid dining table

USA, 1969<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />93 w &times; 46 d &times; 29 h in (236 &times; 117 &times; 74 cm) Table features a single board top with open fissure connected by five rosewood butterflies and two free edges. Sold with original drawing and correspondence from the artist. Acquired directly from the artist by A.J. Guarino, San Antonio, Texas | Thence by descent

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima Conoid coffee table

USA, 1972<br />English walnut, rosewood<br />46.75 w &times; 32.5 d &times; 13 h in (119 &times; 83 &times; 33 cm) Table features a thick solid board with two rosewood butterflies, large fissure and expressive grain. Signed with client’s name to underside: [Ylvisaker]. Sold with a digital copy of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired directly from the artist by Paul Ylvisaker, Cranbury, NJ | Private Collection, New York

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima queen-size headboard

USA, 1969<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />90.5 w &times; 3.5 d &times; 34 h in (230 &times; 9 &times; 86 cm) Headboard features a single board with two free edges, one rosewood butterfly and one open fissure with knot and sap grain details. Sold with original drawing by the artist. Acquired in 1969 directly from the artist

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima Trestle dining table

USA, 1959<br />American black walnut<br />110.75 w &times; 46 d &times; 29 h in (281 &times; 117 &times; 74 cm) Table consists of two solid boards joined by four rosewood butterflies. Sold with two 18.5-inch leaves; table measures 83 inches when not fully extended. Signed with clients name to underside. Sold with a digital copy of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1959 directly from the artist

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima nightstands, pair

USA, 1959<br />American black walnut<br />17 w &times; 17 d &times; 22 h in (43 &times; 43 &times; 56 cm) Each cabinet features two doors concealing one adjustable shelf. Sold with a digital copy of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1959 directly from the artist

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima Conoid coffee table

USA, 1969<br />American black walnut<br />33.75 w &times; 31.5 d &times; 13 h in (86 &times; 80 &times; 33 cm) Table features single board top with open fissure and free edge on three sides with sap grain details. Signed with client name to underside. Sold with original drawing. Acquired in 1969 directly from the artist

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima table lamp

USA, 1979<br />American black walnut, rosewood, cherry, parchment<br />13.25 dia &times; 32 h in (34 &times; 81 cm) Signed and dated to underside: [George Nakashima Sept 1979].

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima Exceptional Free-Edge Sliding Door Cabinet

USA, c. 1965<br />American black walnut, Pandanus cloth<br />84 w &times; 21.75 d &times; 24 h in (213 &times; 55 &times; 61 cm) Single board top with expressive grain and free edge featuring knots and protrusions atop cabinet with finished reverse and three sliding doors concealing one adjustable shelf. Sold with a letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima.

Jun 07, 2018
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George Nakashima occasional table

USA, c. 1965<br />cherry, rosewood<br />41 w &times; 21.5 d &times; 20 h in (104 &times; 55 &times; 51 cm) Table features joined board top with rosewood support bar to underside. Collection of Dr. Brian and Becky Hinrichs, Watseka, IL

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima hanging wall cabinet

USA, 1965<br />American black walnut<br />72 w &times; 12 d &times; 14 h in (183 &times; 30 &times; 36 cm) Cabinet features three sliding doors concealing two shelves. Signed with clients name to reverse: [Faber]. Acquired in 1965 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima cabinet

USA, 1965<br />walnut<br />120 w &times; 22 d &times; 32 h in (305 &times; 56 &times; 81 cm) Cabinet features overhanging top with free-edge, three sliding doors concealing four drawers and two adjustable shelves. Sold with the original invoice. Acquired in 1965 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima occasional table

USA, 1965<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />28.25 w &times; 28 d &times; 21.25 h in (72 &times; 71 &times; 54 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Signed with clients name to underside: [Faber]. Acquired in 1965 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima New chairs, set of four

USA, c. 1965<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />18.5 w &times; 22 d &times; 36 h in (47 &times; 56 &times; 91 cm) <i>George Nakashima</i>, Woodworkers, studio catalog, unpaginated Signed with clients name to underside of each example: [Faber]. Acquired in 1965 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima Round Pedestal table

USA, c. 1965<br />American black walnut<br />36 dia &times; 28.5 h in (91 &times; 72 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Signed with clients name to underside: [Faber]. Acquired in 1965 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima Early coffee table

USA, 1951<br />cherry<br />53.75 w &times; 17 d &times; 16 h in (137 &times; 43 &times; 41 cm) Table features a single slab with one free edge. Sold with a copy of <i>George Nakashima Woodworker</i> and an original price list from 1962. Acquired in 1951 directly from the artist by Mr. Robert and Eunice Faber, Ann Arbor, MI | Thence by descent

Mar 22, 2018
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George Nakashima Minguren II coffee table

USA, 1988<br />American black walnut<br />42 w &times; 24 d &times; 15 h in (107 &times; 61 &times; 38 cm) Single slab top featuring two free edges, sap grain and burl details. Signed and dated to underside: [George Nakashima Oct 5 1988]. Signed with client name to underside: [Full]. Sold with photocopies of the original order card and drawing by George Nakashima as well as a letter of authenticity from Mira Nakashima. M. Hemmendinger (Full Circle Gallery), Alexandria | Moderne Gallery, Phila...

Dec 14, 2017
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George Nakashima Slab Arm lounge chair

USA, c. 1960<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />30 w &times; 30 d &times; 33.5 h in (76 &times; 76 &times; 85 cm) Single slab arm with one free edge and worm hole details. Signed to underside: [Studio]. Galere, West Palm Beach | Private Collection

Dec 14, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)

GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) A 'SLAB II' COFFEE TABLE, CIRCA 1975 English black walnut, East Indian rosewood 12 ¾ in. (32.4 cm.) high, 63 in. (160 cm.) wide, 51 ½ in. (130.8 cm.) deep

Dec 14, 2017
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George Nakashima Mira chairs, set of four

USA, 1960<br />American black walnut, stained hickory<br />20 w &times; 18 d &times; 27 h in (51 &times; 46 &times; 69 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworkers</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Sold with a photocopy of the original order card. Signed with clients name to underside of three examples: [Lipner]. Acquired directly from the artist | Thence by descent

Dec 14, 2017
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George Nakashima Minguren I dining table

USA, 1985<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />72 w &times; 44 d &times; 28.75 h in (183 &times; 112 &times; 73 cm) Table features a single slab top with free edges, two rosewood butterflies, fissures, knots and sap grain details. Signed and dated to underside: [George Nakashima June 6 1985]. Signed with client name to underside: [Fenimore]. Sold with the original drawing by George Nakashima, photocopy of the original order card and a letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Dr...

Nov 21, 2017
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George Nakashima Conoid Dining Chairs, set of six

USA, 1967<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />20.75 w &times; 22.5 d &times; 35.5 h in (53 &times; 57 &times; 90 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Signed with client name to underside of each example: [Skovronek]. Sold with a photocopy of the original order card and a letter of authenticity issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1967 directly from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Skovronek, Morris Plains, NJ | Private Collection

Nov 21, 2017
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George Nakashima Rare cabinet

USA, 1972<br />American black walnut, Pandanus cloth<br />98.75 w &times; 19 d &times; 30.25 h in (251 &times; 48 &times; 77 cm) Cabinet features three sliding doors concealing four adjustable shelves below a joined top with free edge, expressive graining and overhang. Signed with client name to reverse: [Profeta]. Sold with a photocopy of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1972 directly from the artist by Paul and Joan Profeta | Thence by descent

Nov 21, 2017
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George Nakashima New Chairs, pair

USA, 1973<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />25 w &times; 25 d &times; 39 h in (63 &times; 63 &times; 99 cm) Signed with client name to underside of each example: [Planert]. Sold with photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1973 directly from the artist by Mr. Wallace | Thence by descent

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima custom Frenchmans Cove desk

USA, 1973<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />84 w &times; 41.5 d &times; 28.75 h in (213 &times; 105 &times; 73 cm) This desk was custom ordered in 1973 for the office of Mr. Wallace, partner at Coopers & Lybrand. Desk features two free edges, three rosewood butterflies and a single drawer with interior dividers. Sold with a photocopy of a hand-colored rendering of the Coopers & Lybrand office interior by Paul Planert Design, a photocopy of original drawing by George Nakashima as well ...

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima Drawer Front Chest

USA, 1972<br />American black walnut<br />36 w &times; 22 d &times; 38.75 h in (91 &times; 56 &times; 98 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Joined board top with one free edge overhang and sap-grain detail. Cabinet features five drawers. Signed with client name to reverse: [Profeta]. Sold with photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1972 directly from the artist by Paul and Joan Profeta | Thence by des...

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima Conoid dining chairs, set of eight

USA, 1972<br />American black walnut, hickory<br />20.75 w &times; 22 d &times; 35.5 h in (53 &times; 56 &times; 90 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Signed with clients name to underside of each example: [Profeta]. Sold with photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1972 directly from the artist by Paul and Joan Profeta | Thence by descent

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima Trestle dining table

USA, 1972<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />84 w &times; 41.5 d &times; 28.5 h in (213 &times; 105 &times; 72 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworker</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Top is comprised of two bookmatched boards with four rosewood butterflies, highly figured grain, two free edges and sap-grain detail. Signed with clients name to underside: [Profeta]. Sold with photocopies of the order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired in 1972 directly from...

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima custom cabinet and shelf

USA, 1973<br />American black walnut<br />96 w &times; 22 d &times; 88.75 h in (244 &times; 56 &times; 225 cm) This cabinet and shelf was custom ordered in 1973 for the office of Mr. Wallace, partner at Coopers & Lybrand. Shelf and cabinet can be used independetly of each other; cabinet features two sliding doors concealing one adjustable shelf, five drawers and four filing drawers. Joined board top with free edge and sap-grain detail. Signed with clients name to each element: [Planert]. Sold...

Oct 26, 2017
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George Nakashima Cross-leg desk

USA, 1959<br />American black walnut<br />90 w &times; 42.8 d &times; 28.5 h in (229 &times; 109 &times; 72 cm) Sold with a copy of the original order card and letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Mr. Merel Miller, Indianapolis | Private Collection

Jun 08, 2017
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George Nakashima Minguren I coffee table

USA, 1977<br />burled walnut, American black walnut<br />32.5 dia &times; 15 h in (83 &times; 38 cm) Highly figured, single-slab top with continuous free edges, burls and fissures Signed with client&apos;s name to underside: [Spaulding]. Sold with original drawing by George Nakashima and a letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima. Acquired directly from the artist by the current owner

Jun 08, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990)

GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905-1990) THREE 'CUSHION' ARMCHAIRS, CIRCA 1960 walnut, upholstery each 30 ½ in. (77.5 cm.) high

Jun 07, 2017
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George Nakashima Kornblut cabinets from the Schlanger residence, pair

USA, 1980<br />American black walnut, walnut burl<br />18 w &times; 20.5 d &times; 22 h in (46 &times; 52 &times; 56 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworkers</i>, studio catalog, pg. 19 <i>George Nakashima: Full Circle</i>, Ostergard, ppg. 164-165 Each cabinet features two doors concealing an adjustable shelf. Signed and dated to interior of each example: [George Nakashima Feb 1980]. Sold with a letter of authentication issued by Mira Nakashima and a photocopy of the original order card. Mr. & M...

May 25, 2017
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George Nakashima, 'Wepman' Table

Description: Walnut; unmarked., 12 x 15 1/2 x 22 in. Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: No Entry: No Entry

Mar 24, 2017
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George Nakashima, Lounge Chair

Description: Walnut, plywood; lacking wedges, marked 'Rabun Schurtz'., 30 1/2 x 24 x 31 in. Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: No Entry: No Entry

Mar 24, 2017
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George Nakashima coffee table, model 200-66W

Widdicomb<br />USA, 1960<br />Carpathian elm, rosewood, walnut<br />66 w &times; 24 d &times; 12.75 h in (168 &times; 61 &times; 32 cm) <i>Widdicomb</i>, manufacturer&apos;s catalog, unpaginated Signed with stamped manufacturer&apos;s mark to underside: [Sundra 2/60 200]. Signed with applied manufacturer&apos;s label to underside: [Widdicomb Grand Rapids].

Mar 23, 2017
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George Nakashima Slab coffee table

USA, 1961<br />American black walnut, rosewood<br />67.5 w &times; 36 d &times; 14 h in (171 &times; 91 &times; 36 cm) Single slab top with large knot detail, expressive grain, free and cut edges and rosewood butterfly. Sold with a photocopy of the original order card and a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima. George Reed, Miami | Private Collection, New York

Mar 23, 2017
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George Nakashima Grass-Seated chairs, pair

USA, c. 1965<br />American black walnut, woven sea-grass<br />24 w &times; 20 d &times; 27.5 h in (61 &times; 51 &times; 70 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworkers</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Sold with a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.

Mar 23, 2017
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George Nakashima Conoid desk

USA, 1964<br />American black walnut<br />75 w &times; 26.25 d &times; 28.25 h in (190 &times; 67 &times; 72 cm) Single slab top with expressive grain, knot detail and free edges. Signed with client name to underside: [Young]. Sold with a photocopy of the original order card and a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima. Edgar Young, Summit, NJ | Private Collection, New York

Mar 23, 2017
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George Nakashima Round Cluster Based dining table

USA, c. 1965<br />American black walnut<br />54 dia &times; 28.5 h in (137 &times; 72 cm) <i>George Nakashima, Woodworkers</i>, studio catalog, unpaginated Sold with a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima.

Mar 23, 2017
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George Nakashima monumental wall shelves, set of three

USA, 1969<br />American black walnut<br />144 w &times; 14 d &times; 1.25 h in (366 &times; 36 &times; 3 cm) Each shelf features a single free edge. Additional shelves measure: 108 w x 13 d x 1.25 inches and 72 w x 11 d x 1.25 h inches. Sold with a photocopy of the original invoice and a letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima. Acquired directly from the artist | Robert O. Cash, Fort Lauderdale

Mar 23, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, before 1958Walnut, pandanus clothUnmarked31 1/2NULL x 60NULL x 20NULLProvenance: Rago Auctions, Modern, February 2015, lot 1154Letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Four drawers on each side. Likely older refinish has some darkened scuffs and scratches. Door and drawers work well, clean interiors, good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine Minguren coffee table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine Minguren coffee table, New Hope, PAEnglish walnutUnmarked15NULL x 61NULL x 26 1/2NULLProvenance: Certificate of authenticity from Mira Nakashima Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Highly figured top. Two patches to top (in making of, difficult to see). Light sun-fading, some scuffs. Good vintage condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, before 1958Walnut, pandanus clothUnmarked31 1/2NULL x 60NULL x 20NULLProvenance: Rago Auctions, Modern, February 2015, lot 1154Letter of authentication from Mira Nakashima Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Four drawers on each side. Likely older refinish has some darkened scuffs and scratches. Door and drawers work well, clean interiors, good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Hanging Wall Shelf/Desk

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOHanging Wall Shelf/Desk, New Hope, PA, 1980Persian walnutUnmarked12NULL x 52NULL x 21NULLProvenance: Copy of original order card Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Please note that this piece mounts on back and side edges and has an apron along the bottom of the plank top. A couple of light ring stains to top, otherwise good condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Custom double-sided desk

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOCustom wall-mounting double-sided desk, New Hope, PA, 1966WalnutUnmarked28 3/4NULL x 72 1/2NULL x 48NULLProvenance: Copies of original order card and certificate of authenticity from Mira Nakashima Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Some sun-fading evenly throughout, a few darkened dents and scratches to top. A few minor stains. Good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Trestle dining table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOTrestle dining table, New Hope, PA, 1957Walnut, rosewoodUnmarked29NULL x 60NULL x 36NULL, two leaves: 12 1/2NULL ea.Provenance: Estate of Nancy Jane Thomsen. Copy of original order card available. Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Features three rosewood butterflies and two extensions. The top is made of two complete slabs, likely from the same board, which is a feature not often seen on trestle tables. Dark patina to origin...

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Conoid dining table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOConoid dining table, New Hope, PA, 1965Walnut, rosewoodSigned with client name28 1/2NULL x 72NULL x 40NULL, two leaves: 15NULL ea.Provenance: Copy of original order card Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Overall very good condition, some light surface scratches to top.

Jan 22, 2017
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GEORGE NAKASHIMA Wall-hanging cabinet

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOWall-hanging cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1960Walnut, pandanus clothSigned with client name17 1/4NULL x 72NULL x 19NULLProvenance: Copy of original order cardRago Auctions, Modern, October 2010, lot 1234 Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Dark patina, some light stains to top, doors slide well, clean interiors. Two interior shelves missing.

Jan 22, 2017
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7782185
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Minguren II coffee table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOMinguren II coffee table, New Hope, PA, 1974Figured walnut, rosewoodSigned with client name14 1/4NULL x 39 1/2NULL x 26 1/2NULLProvenance: Copy of original order card Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Even and light sun-fading, minor scuffs to top. Otherwise very good condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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7782188
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Triple Sliding Door cabinet

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Triple Sliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1961 Walnut Signed with client name 32 1/2NULL x 84NULL x 21 1/2NULL Provenance: Copy of original order card Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Twelve drawers, four behind each door. Shallow darkened dents and scratches evenly throughout. One 7NULL scratch to top. Rich patina, probably original finish, no breaks or repairs, very good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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7782199
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Rare tea cart

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIORare rolling tea cart, New Hope, PA, 1965WalnutUnmarked30NULL x 47NULL x 18NULLProvenance: Copy of original order card Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Features slide-out tray with handles, height inside cart is adjustable, also has two drawers. Overall very good condition, some darkened dents, scratches, rings, and stains to top.

Jan 22, 2017
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7781984
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Minguren II coffee table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOMinguren II coffee table, New Hope, PA, 1975Figured black walnutSigned with client name15NULL x 64NULL x 26NULLProvenance: Original sketch and invoice Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Dramatic grain to top, rich patina to original finish. Some very minor shallow darkened dents/scuffs/scratches. Minor dryness to finish on base. No breaks or repairs, good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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7781992
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Sliding Door cabinet

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990) NAKASHIMA STUDIO Sliding Door cabinet, New Hope, PA, 1960s Walnut, pandanus cloth Unmarked 32NULL x 60NULL x 21 1/4NULL Provenance: Copy of receipt from Nakashima Studio for rebacking of doors. Certificate of authenticity from Mira Nakashima. Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Good vintage condition, warm patina to original finish, some water marks and ring stains to top. Darkened chip to front left corner, darkened dents/scratches/scuffs ev...

Jan 22, 2017
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7782016
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Double dresser

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIODouble dresser, New Hope, PA,1957WalnutSigned with client name32NULL x 72NULL x 20NULLProvenance: Estate of Nancy Jane Thomsen. Copy of original order card available. Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Many shallow, raking dents to top. Some sun-fading to top, otherwise overall warm patina to original finish. Drawers work well, clean interiors. Some chips to bottom edges of both sides.

Jan 22, 2017
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7782026
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Side table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOSide table, New Hope, PA, 1980WalnutUnmarked12NULL x 24NULL x 16 1/2NULLProvenance: Copy of original invoice Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Even and light sun-fading, minor scuffs to top. Otherwise very good condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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7784157
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Fine coffee table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOFine Minguren I coffee table, New Hope, PA, 1987English oak burl, oak, rosewoodSigned and dated15NULL x 45 1/2NULL x 36NULL Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Even sun-fading throughout. Little to no wear, very good condition. Please see our terms of sale for rosewood export restrictions.

Jan 22, 2017
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7784165
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Wohl side table

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOWohl side table, New Hope, PA, 1975Black walnutSigned SR21NULL x 27 1/2NULL x 27NULLProvenance: Original receipt Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Warm patina to original finish, some light scuffs and scratches evenly throughout. Good overall condition.

Jan 22, 2017
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7784403
GEORGE NAKASHIMA Bench with back

Description: GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990)NAKASHIMA STUDIOBench with back, New Hope, PA, 1972Figured walnut, hickorySigned with client name35NULL x 72NULL x 26 1/2NULLProvenance: Original invoice and drawing Categories: 20th Century Design Condition: Some darkened dents and scratches evenly throughout, a couple of minor chips.

Jan 22, 2017
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However, the turning point of his career came in a film-like moment. During the WWII, like many Asian Americans, Nakashima was exiled into an Internment Camp. Here, he met an old master of traditional Japanese carpentry and under his teaching, learned the secrets of traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery techniques. More importantly, he learned to approach the wood with discipline and patience, understanding it better and seeking perfection in each phase of his design. Nakashima had a special relationship with wood and the tree itself, visible in his memoir “The Soul of a Tree”.

He gave a second life to the trees with his signature woodworking design, using massive solid wood slabs with unfinished natural edges or multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints. He is known for his preference of walnut, ash and cherry and accepting materials that were rejected by other woodworkers for their imperfections.

Nakashima always included family members in his studio, most importantly his Harvard educated architect daughter Mira Nakashima, who took over his legacy. Today, Nakashima furniture is favored by both the collections of traditional institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian Institution and Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and Steve Jobs.

What is George Nakashima known for?

Two of the most memorable pieces designed by George Nakashima are the Straight-Backed Chair for Knoll and the Widdicomb-Mueller Dining Table. Known for creating everyday functional objects instead of furniture with elaborate designs, Nakashima’s Straight-Backed Chair of 1946, which has unmistakable craftsmanship and sculptural lines, has inspired a lot of new designers. The Widdicomb-Mueller Dining Table is an extension dining table made out of his signature rare timbers. He used highly figured walnut, rosewood, laurel and Carpathian Elm timbers to build it. This table looks distinct because of its six tapered hexagonal legs and stretchers.

What auction houses (and galleries) have sold George Nakashima items?

George Nakashima’s furniture pieces are very popular among art and antique collectors. Some of his works, namely the Minguren II Low Table and the Walnut Hanging Cabinet, were on display at the Todd Merrill Studio in New York and the Hemisphere Gallery in London, respectively. Auction houses have a few lots of his famous pieces as well. Wright auctions Nakashima’s 1972 Rare Cabinet while Christie’s has sold some of his pieces which were named A Wall Cabinet, A Walnut Console, and An Important Long Chair.

What is the price range of George Nakashima items?

George Nakashima’s designs are highly regarded by critics and collectors. Whenever his pieces come out at an auction, it commands a price of anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000. The most expensive Nakashima furniture auctioned by Christie’s was the 1978 A Coffee Table, which was sold for $149,000. His works has reached auction houses around the world, particularly in Seoul and United Kingdom. 

Interesting info about George Nakashima

Many still can’t believe how a coffee table with rough edges was sold for 30% more than its estimated price. The Table Basse, which Nakashima built between 1950 and 1960, was sold for 97,000 euros or about $112,000. Auctioneers estimated its worth to be around 40,000 and 60,000 euros. But then, Nakashima’s imperfect intricacies are exactly what he is known for. He would take all the wood that other furniture makers would discard and use it to build interesting coffee tables. He would make the top smooth but leave the outer edges rugged, creating a very distinctive appeal.