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Paul Evans Complete Sculpted Bronze Dining Room Setting

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Complete sculpted bronze series dining room set by Paul Evans This extremely rare set consists of: One iconic stalagmite shape dining table with glass plate top, model PE 102. Signed and dated PE73 One set of eight dining room chairs, two armchairs and six side chairs, model PE105 and 106. Newly upholstered with silk chenille. One sideboard with exceptional abstract forms, solid volume and powerful shapes. Four doors concealing storage with shelves, three inset slate tops. Signed and dated PE72. Truly works of art by the greatest designer and sculptor of the American Studio Furniture movement, all in impeccable collector condition References and literature available Located in our store in Miami ready for shipping. Measures: Table 96"x 48" x 3/4" thick Sideboard 96" x 22" x 32" H Chairs H 32 in. x W 21.5 in. x D 20 in. Armchairs 25" W, 32" H, back 19" H, seat 24" D.

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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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