- Want more images or videos?Request additional images or videos from the seller
George Nakashima Pair of Chests in Black Walnut
- CreatorGeorge Nakashima (Artist)
- DimensionsHeight: 31.75 in. (80.65 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 20.75 in. (52.71 cm)
- StyleMid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
- Materials and Techniques
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1961
- ConditionRefinished. Wear consistent with age and use. The chests have been expertly refreshed with a buffing and tung oil finish. They look very beautiful. There is one small impression about 1/2" x 1" on top of one, running your hand over is barely noticeable and is not physically visible.
- Seller LocationDallas, TX
- Reference NumberSeller: #3002811stDibs: LU1078421076362
Shipping & Returns
- ShippingRates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.Ships From: Dallas, TX
- Return Policy
This item cannot be returned.
About George Nakashima (Artist)
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.
- Located in Dallas, TXCanadian made large chest of drawers and cabinet with a beautiful wood grain inside and out. Sculpted woven fron...Category
Mid-20th Century Canadian Mid-Century Modern CabinetsMaterials
- By MastercraftLocated in Dallas, TXA fine pair of Hollywood Regency style mastercraft commodes, chests or nightstand in wood and brass veneer depic...Category
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern CabinetsMaterials
- By George NakashimaLocated in Dallas, TXGeorge Nakashima Conoid dining chairs in black walnut and hickory. New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1970s. Four signed wi...Category
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room ChairsMaterials
- By ThomasvilleLocated in Dallas, TXExcellent quality, brand new piece by Thomasville. Grasscloth with chrome handles, protective glass top. Small c...Category
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Commodes and Chests of Dra...Materials
- By Dunbar Furniture, Edward WormleyLocated in Dallas, TXEdward Wormley for Dunbar attributed chest of drawers in ebony cerused oak. We have restored. The pulls are soli...Category
Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests o...Materials
You May Also Like
Vintage 1960s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Vintage 1950s American American Craftsman Cabinets
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
The 1stDibs PromiseLearn More
Expertly Vetted Sellers
Confidence at Checkout
Insured Global Delivery