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Paul Evans Studio Coffee Table with Welded Steel Base and Elliptical Slate Top

$25,000

About

A rare Paul Evans coffee table with an elliptical slate top and a welded and patinated steel base, produced by Paul Evans Studio circa 1965. The base, with its arched cruciform shape, has an almost bridge-like architectural bearing. The heavy slate top rests on the base and slots onto four pins attached to tabs extending inward from the "legs." Unmarked, as most of only a handful of similar tables known to the market. For a close analog, see Rago Auction 27 October 2007, lot 394. Provenance: Per family history, the table was purchased for a modernist residence in Mamaraneck, NY from America House in New York City in about 1965. America House, located across the street from MoMA from 1956-1971, was a retail venue established to promote and support the work of contemporary artist-craftspeople in the United States. Paul Evans's work was featured on the covers of several of its catalogs. Thence by descent.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Evans (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 66.5 in. (168.91 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Brutalist (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Slate,Steel,Patinated,Welded
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1968
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. Remarkably good overall condition with only minor wear to the slate and steel. The slate has been cleaned and oiled. One tab on the base is slightly bent but with no visual or structural impact.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU828525664192

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    Ships From: New York, NY
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About the Maker

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 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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