ANDREW FRANZ SHELF WITH MIRROR
In the style of George Nakashima; Shelf with one drawer and mirror, figured maple, and mirrored glass, Pennington, NJ, 21st c.; Mirror signed "A. Franz"; 4" x 63" x 11 1/2", mirror: 31" x 25 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Little to no wear, very good to excellent condition
ANDREW FRANZ | LOTS 1–9 Master woodworker Andrew Franz was born in 1936 in Batchka Palanka, a part of the old Austria Hungarian Empire. A displaced person, he made his way into Austria in 1948 (by foot like many other ethnic Germans). He trained as a journeyman cabinetmaker in the city of Graz from 1952 to 1956, when he boarded a Liberty cargo ship bound for Trenton, NJ. Franz found his way to the George Nakashima studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1957. Nakashima's design approach and reverence for craftsmanship engaged him from the first. He accepted an offer of employment and remained with the studio as an associate for eleven years, woodworking, furniture-making, and installing large-scale projects. In the summer of 1969, Franz accepted a position teaching Industrial Arts at the Princeton Day School. For the next thirty years he mentored and advised hundreds of middle and upper school students as he taught them the arts of woodworking, printmaking, and metalworking in a shop that now bears his name. Retired since 1998, Franz has not lost his love of wood or his desire to make beautiful, utile things. He continues to craft in a style influenced - but not defined - by Nakashima, using found and stored wood sourced in Hopewell Township, New Jersey and Hope Town, Bahamas, where he maintains a second home.