February 25, 2014 |
Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA), which sold 86% of the nearly 400 lots offered in its Sunday sale, reported the highest total in its 22-year history Monday, realizing $5.12 million in sales, including commissions. The surprise of the show was the sale of the intricate multi-lobed wire hanging sculpture "Untitled S. 437" by Ruth Asawa, shown above, which was expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000. The sculpture set a new LAMA record for a single work, going for $1.43 million and tying the world auction record for the sculptor who died last year.
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2004
RE "Rhapsody in Wood" [Oct. 21]: I can't tell you how much I enjoyed Barbara King's article on George Nakashima. You clearly show that Mr. Nakashima let the spirit of the wood speak through him. Jon Bruce Los Angeles The article about George Nakashima's "woodsmithing" was written in the tradition of true poetry. Barbara King gave genuine homage to the artist and his work and life, which warranted no less than her words describing the ageless and generational beauty of his passion.
HOME & GARDEN
May 15, 2008
In 1995, the interior design team of Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti furnished a London residence with their visualizations of natural objects in luxurious materials. Sunday, the Wright auction house will offer 15 pieces from the commission, including this three-bulb chandelier, estimated to sell for $20,000 to $30,000. "The drama and magic of these pieces represent the best of the neo-Baroque design from the end of the 20th century," says Richard Wright, owner of the Chicago firm.
May 24, 1989 |
More than 100 pieces of woodwork and furniture made by craftsman George Nakashima were destroyed in a house fire, authorities said today. "Everything's gone, a total loss," said Fire Chief Mark Freda. "The house and everything in it was destroyed." Nakashima, 83, is considered by many to be the elder statesman of American crafts. Only two pieces of the collection, owned by Dr. Arthur and Evelyn Krosnick, survived, the New York Times reported. A picture frame and a boardroom table were on loan for an exhibit of Nakashima's work at the American Craft Museum in New York.
HOME & GARDEN
April 10, 2008 |
Working in welded steel with copper, silver and gold, Paul Evans (1931-87) was a prolific artisan whose output from the 1960s has risen substantially in value. In November, Sotheby's sold a small but rare 1960 Evans cabinet for more than $150,000. With 60-plus Evans pieces in its Saturday sale, many from the collection of Evans' metal fabricator, Dorsey Reading, Sollo Rago Modern Auction expects some pieces to sell in the high five figures. There are, however, more affordable buys.
October 30, 2012 |
What to do when you've got a beloved family coffee table that's just too small for your space? If you're designer Darryl Carter, you build a second table around it. In Carter's new "The Collected Home: Rooms With Style, Grace, and History," co-written with Trish Donnally and released Tuesday by Clarkson Potter, the designer recalls a client whose father had made a small table under the tutelage of the great George Nakashima. When the table was pulled out of storage, Carter says, it was clearly not the right scale for its intended new home.