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Paul Evans Signed & Dated Rectangular Sculpted Bronze and Glass Cocktail Table

$24,975

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This beautiful and iconic Brutalist sculpted bronze "Stalagmite" was realized by the fabled designed Paul Evans in in 1970. It features a welded sculptural and heavily textured bronze base with tapered stalagmite forms with concave demilune form interstices separating them. The surface offers a wonderful organic texture consisting of an abundance of raised curvilinear forms in relieftThese forms support a rectangular clear glass top surface, which can be customized for your sizing needs. This brilliant and functional cocktail table represents a rare and exquisite example of Paul Evan's practice. Inscribed in the inside of the bronze is the signature "PE 70". The table is in excellent vintage condition. Paul Evans (1931-1987) was an American furniture designer, sculptor, and artist, celebrated for his contributions to the American Craft Movement of the 1970s. Throughout the 1960s, Evans designed pieces that "drew inspiration from the sculpture work of Picasso, Harry Bertoia and Julio González" (NY Times, Bernstein, 2017). His clients include Tommy Hilfiger, Lenny Kravitz, Robert Loughlin, Cher, and many other celebrities, and design cognoscenti. The market for Paul Evans works remains as robust as ever with multiple pieces selling at auction within the last five years for upwards of a quarter million.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Artist)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 52 in. (132.08 cm)Depth: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Bronze,Glass,Bronzed
  • Place of Origin
    United States
  • Period
    1970-1979
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU793428420852

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Artist

Paul Evans

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 Phillip 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 case pieces. 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 — a milestone in the history of brutalist design — 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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