Rago’s Modern Design Auction Spotlights Intricate Woodwork by George NakashimaMay 13, 2022 11:00 EDT
American craftsman George Nakashima was imprisoned in an internment camp in Idaho, along with his wife and infant daughter, in 1942. It was there that the artist learned unconventional Japanese woodworking techniques from another prisoner. In 1943, after he and his family were able to leave the camp, Nakashima began working towards his newfound interest. His work showcased the natural beauty of wood. “There’s tranquility in the design, a natural flow that follows the characteristics of the wood,” BBC News has noted about Nakashima’s designs. A Greenrock table by George Nakashima is a key highlight of this upcoming Modern Design event, held by Rago. The table has an asymmetrical top with intricate grain detail.
Peter Voulkos’ abstract sculpture made from Shigaraki clay is also available in the listings. According to the lot essay, the artist produced only about 13 stacks with Shigaraki clay that he had shipped from Japan to the United States in 1995. The offered item was made at ceramicist Peter Callas’ New Jersey studio in 1998. To view the complete catalog and register to bid online, visit Rago.
Lot Categories:Decorative Arts, Collectibles, 20th Century (777)
# of Lots:777
Price Range:$100 - $240,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Peter Voulkos Important And Rare Stack|| Estimate: |
|Wendell Castle Custom Sideboard For A Private Residence|| Estimate: |
|Judy Kensley Mckie Jaguar Bench|| Estimate: |
|Harry Bertoia Untitled (Sonambient)|| Estimate: |
|George Nakashima Greenrock Table|| Estimate: |