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Important Paul Evans Studio Sculpture Front Cabinet / Credenza, 1974

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An important and rarely offered “Sculpture Front” hanging wall cabinet by Paul Evans, 1974. With approximately fifty cabinets with sculptural fronts made, these are the most desirable of Paul Evans’ work. The cabinet consists of a steel clad wood case, four welded and patinated steel doors with colored pigments and 23-karat gold leaf, original black slate top. It’s in outstanding condition. It was recently serviced by Dorsey Reading (Paul Evans’ chief craftsman 1959-1982). Details include: thorough cleaning, plugged hole to back of case, and new interior backer board. All work done by Dorsey himself. Provenance: acquired directly from Paul Evans Studio, New Hope PA, thence by decent. Welded signature and date under far right door. Letter of authenticity with photo included from Dorsey Reading.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 21.25 in. x W 89.75 in. x D 18.25 in.H 53.98 cm x W 227.97 cm x D 46.36 cm
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    LU1273215656852
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About Paul Evans (Maker)

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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