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Signed Paul Evans Midcentury Brutalist Bronze PE-128 Stalagmite Cocktail Table

$12,475

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From a single owner estate, this beautiful and iconic Brutalist PE-128, sculpted bronze "Stalagmite" was realized by the iconoclastic and fabled designed Paul Evans for Directional in 1969. It features a welded sculptural and heavily textural bronze base with tapered forms- resembling stalagmites- ascending upwards, with concave interstices separating them. These forms support a round piece of clear glass, representing the surface of the cocktail table. While this is a perfectly functional cocktail table, it is also an important work of 20th century art/design, sure to delight discerning collectors, as well as those with a penchant for rare and exquisite pieces. The table is signed "PE 69" on the interior and 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 $250k. American, 1969 Dimensions: 16" height x 41" diameter.

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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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