GEORGE NAKASHIMA (1905 - 1990); NAKASHIMA STUDIO
Exceptional Conoid bench, New Hope, PA; Figured walnut, hickory, rosewood; Unmarked; 30 1/2" x 100" x 47 1/2"; Provenance: Originally made for Toby Royston (1913 – 2009), who lived in Folly Cottage in Exton, PA. The cottage is a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home built in the 1960s by Wright’s protégé, John Howe, and Wright’s son-in-law, William Wesley Peters, of Taliesin Associated Architects. It was ultimately dubbed “Folly” due to the length and unexpected expense of the project. Royston commissioned exceptional pieces of furniture from George Nakashima to decorate the home, many of which Rago’s sold in 2010.
Sale Price: $50,000
Estimate: $37,500 - $42,500
Dramatic figured walnut seat 1 5/8" thick with natural edges, knots, and one large butterfly. Warm patina, no breaks or repairs. Little to no wear, very good to excellent condition.