This fine LaVerne example is a double pedestal 'Creation of Man' motif tabletop described by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne as: 'God giving breath to Adam, inspired by Michelangelo, recreated in timeless bronze'. Philip and Kelvin LaVerne's signature is acid etched on the table surface making this Fine functional art for your floor and perfect for the high value art collector or investor.
An interesting note about the signature... to pay homage to Michelangelo, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne crosses out their name in the signature ever so lightly, and finishes the signature with "After Michelangelo" to denote that the artwork was inspired by Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam", described in Wikipedia as:
The Creation of Adam (Italian: Creazione di Adamo) is a fresco painting by Italian artist Michelangelo, which forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling, painted circa 1508-1512. It illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam, the first man. The fresco is part of a complex iconographic scheme and is chronologically the fourth in the series of panels depicting episodes from Genesis.
The image of the near-touching hands of God and Adam has become iconic of humanity. The painting has been reproduced in countless imitations and parodies. Michelangelo's Creation of Adam is one of the most replicated religious paintings of all time.
The incredible cocktail table is crafted with an acid etched classical styled art bronze top which sits on top of a pair of cast fluted columns of bronze. The tabletop was intentionally buried in dirt to provide a gorgeous patina to the acid washed bronze top. Such impeccable and quality craftsmanship by father and son team, Philip and Kelvin LaVerne.
A similar 'Creation of Man' table is on display at The Parker in Palm Springs, California which was designed by famed designer Jonathan Adler.
This Fine LaVerne example is in excellent condition with no major issues or flaws. The acid etched and acid washed polychromed bronze finish is present, colors are bright and vivid, no structural issues or flaws. Only very minor wear is noticeable upon close inspection. We estimate this to be a 8 out of 10 in condition. This was clearly a well cared for example and is a prime candidate for a collector or high value client.
The intricate craftsmanship of this stunning coffee / cocktail / tea table would be a great addition as part of a Classic, contemporary, Brutalist, chinoiserie, Regency or Mid-Century Modern living room, den, man or woman cave, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an Apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Ideal for the collector client or high-fashion interior designer. Would pair excellent with Brutalist furniture such as Paul Evans, Adrian Pearsall, Tom Greene, or Donald Drumm. Would also look great with chinoiserie pieces from Tommi Parzinger, James Mont and Bernard Rohne. Also would pair excellent with Old Masters artwork.
”Philip & Kelvin LaVerne: Sculpture III” catalog, page 25 and 52: “CREATION OF MAN - (Round & oblong) God giving breath to Adam, inspired by Michelangelo, recreated in timeless bronze. Cast fluted columns of bronze form the base.”
Measurements: 17.5" H x 54.25" W x 23.25" D
The height of this table can be increased by 2 to 3" if desired, contact us for details.
Philip LaVerne (1907-1987)
Kelvin LaVerne (b. 1937)
Common Misspellings: Phillip, Kevin, Lavern, Leverne, Lavarne, Levern, Phil, Kelven.