Cabinet Credenza Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans For Sale
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Cabinet Credenza Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans

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From the early collaboration between two New Hope craftsmen Phillip Lloyd Powell and Paul Evans, came this stunning piece of furniture that epitomizes their individual artistic aesthetics but also an example of their joined efforts to achieve a seamless creation. As a team who shared a studio and a showroom in the 60s, Phillip Powell and Paul Evans created a group of rather limited furniture that were almost all custom order pieces. Originally used as a wall-mount cabinet, this piece was made of American Walnut with Powell's signature carving and chisel technique. It was adorned with lacquered gold leaves on the side panels and trims, a signature detail found mostly in their work in the 60s, and is topped with a thick black slate and accessorized with metal hardware by Paul Evans. Green painted interior features felt wrapped shelves, a build-in free edged walut tray and lighting, all original condition. The base is detachable with black lamination and it was presumably a later addition when the cabinet was used as a free standing piece.

Details

  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    Fine vintage condition with minor wear commensurate with age. Beautiful mellow aged patina.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 34.25 in. x W 84.5 in. x D 20.25 in.H 87 cm x W 214.63 cm x D 51.44 cm
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU9450935222
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About Paul Evans (Designer)

A designer and sculptor, Paul Evans was a wild card of late 20th century modernism. A leading light of the American Studio Furniture movement, Evans’s work manifests a singular aesthetic sense, as well as a seemingly contradictory appreciation for both “folk art” forms and for new materials and technologies.

     Evans’s primary material was metal, not wood, which was favored by his fellow studio designers, and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, neighbors George Nakashima and Philip Lloyd Powell. He trained in metallurgy and studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the famed crucible of modern design and art in suburban Detroit. For a time early in his career, Evans also worked at Sturbridge Village, a historical “living museum” in Massachusetts, where he gave demonstrations as a costumed silversmith.

     Evans’s earliest work unites these influences. The pieces that made his reputation are known as “sculpted-front” cabinets: wood cases faced with box-like high-relief patinated steel mounts laid out in a grid pattern. Each mount contains a metal emblem, or glyph, and the effect is that of a brawny quilt.

     Evans’s later work falls into three distinct style groups. His “sculpted-bronze” pieces, begun in the mid-1960s, show Evans at his most expressive. He employed a technique in which resin is hand-shaped, and later sprayed with a metal coating, allowing for artistic nuance in the making of chairs, tables and cabinets. Later in the decade and into the 1970s, Evans produced his “Argente” series: consoles and other furniture forms that feature aluminum and pigment-infused metal surfaces welded into abstract organic forms and patterns.

     Last, Evans's “Cityscape” design series meshed perfectly with the sleek, “high tech” sensibility of the later ’70s. Evans constructed boxy forms and faced them with irregular mosaic patterns that mixed rectangular plaques of chromed steel, bronze, or burlwood veneer. These, like all of Paul Evans’s designs, are both useful and eye-catching. But their appeal has another, more visceral quality: these pieces have clearly been touched by an artist’s hand.

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