1 of 5 images

Walnut Frenchmans Cove Dinning Table by George Nakashima

About

A wonderful bookmatched slabs of walnut joined by Walnut Butterflies, Thick free edge top with great grain pattern, Table is signed by Nakashima.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Purchased from original owner.
  • Dimensions

    H 29 in. x W 84 in. x D 40 in.

    H 73.66 cm x W 213.36 cm x D 101.6 cm

  • Seller location
    Sea Cliff, NY
  • Reference number
    LU85867856673

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About George Nakashima (Maker)

A master woodworker and M.I.T.-trained architect, George Nakashima was the leading light of the American Studio furniture movement. Along with Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, and Wendell Castle, Nakashima was an artisan who disdained industrial methods and materials in favor of a personal, craft-based approach to the design. What sets Nakashima apart is the poetic style of his work, his reverence for wood and the belief that his furniture could evince — as he put it in the title of his 1981 memoir — “The Soul of a Tree.”

     Born in Spokane, Washington, to Japanese immigrants, Nakashima traveled widely after college, working and studying in Paris, Japan and India, and at every stop he absorbed both modernist and traditional design influences. The turning point in Nakashima’s career development came in the United States in 1942, when he was placed in an internment camp for Asian-Americans in Idaho. There, Nakashima met a master woodcarver who tutored him in Japanese crafting techniques. A former employer won Nakashima’s release and brought him to bucolic New Hope, Pennsylvania, where Nakashima set up a studio and worked for the rest of his life.

     Nakashima’s singular aesthetic is best captured in his custom-made tables and benches — pieces that show off the grain, burls and whorls in a plank of wood. He left the “free edge,” or natural contour, of the slab un-planed, and reinforced fissures in the wood with “butterfly” joints. Almost all Nakashima seating pieces have smooth, milled edges. Nakashima also contracted with large-scale manufacturers to produce carefully supervised editions of his designs. Knoll has offered his “Straight Chair” — a modern take on the spindle-backed Windsor chair — since 1946; the now-defunct firm Widdicomb-Mueller issued the Shaker-inspired “Origins” collection in the 1950s.

     Nelson Rockefeller in 1973 gave Nakashima his single largest commission: a 200-piece suite for his suburban New York estate. Today, Nakashima furniture is collected by both the staid and the fashionable: his work sits in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in the homes of Stephen Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Diane von Furstenberg and the late Steve Jobs.

About the Seller

Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2008
Typical response time: 4 hrs
Located in Sea Cliff, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller

Walnut Trestle Table by George Nakashima

Price Upon Request
Walnut Trestle Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Walnut
A massive Walnut top having great sapping to boards and great free edge. This top is thicker than most tables of this length. Supported by the classic trestle base.

Walnut Conoid Table /desk by George Nakashima

Price Upon Request
Walnut Conoid Table /desk by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
A rare form having a Walnut free edge top. Top gently bows in on oneside and out on the other side. Several butterflies joins the two slabs together. Walnut canted legs supporting th...

Walnut Cluster Base Table by George Nakashima

Price Upon Request
Walnut Cluster Base Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Solid Highly figured Walnut top having Rosewood Butterfly joinery. Solid Walnut base. This size top being 65" in diameter is extremely rare .

A Trestle Table by George Nakashima

$18,000
A Trestle Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
A wonderful selection of Walnut was used in creating this classic vintage modern form.Supported by Walnut trestle base and cross bar.Each end of top has a very slight curve.
You May Also Like
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Walnut
George Nakashima Frenchman's cove dining table.
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Console / Din...
George Nakashima
A rare form. Walnut drop-leaf dining / console table with Frenchman's cove base, 1967. Sold with a copy of the original invoice. Measures: 72.25 x 28.5 x 24.5 W (closed) 48.25 W (op...
George Nakashima Frenchman's Cove Dining Table
George Nakashima
A beautiful sap-grained black walnut top with three rosewood butterfly joints. Sold with paperwork from Nakashima.

Studio Dining Table by George Nakashima

$13,500 Sale Price
27% Off
Studio Dining Table by George Nakashima
George Nakashima
American Tables
Walnut
Dining table by George Nakashima. Designed 1951 American Black Walnut Studio Table: 29" x 60" (88" including leaves) x 36" Comprised of a dining table and two leaves. Literature: Nak...

Dining Table and Chairs by George Nakashima for Widdicomb

$9,500 Sale Price / set
24% Off
Dining Table and Chairs by George Nakashima for...
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Sets
Upholstery, Walnut
Dining table and chairs, designed by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. This set is currently being refinished and reupholstered. The price noted below includes r...
Early George Nakashima Walnut Conoid Dining Tab...
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA, 1965 Walnut, rosewood Signed with client name to underneath and copy of original order card Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40...
George Nakashima Conoid Dining Table in Walnut ...
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Rosewood, Walnut
Conoid dining table by George Nakashima New Hope, PA 1970s Walnut, rosewood keys Measures: 28.5 x 72 x 40 in 28.5 x 99 x 40 in with leaves Two leaves: 13.5 in each Or...
George Nakashima Walnut Dining Table / Desk
George Nakashima
American Dining Room Tables
Walnut
A beautiful, sculptural example by renowned woodworker George Nakashima. Tapered legs, live edge and butterfly key inlays showcase the signature attributes of Nakashima's work. The s...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries