Piece of the Week Modern Masterpiece
Julie Carlson, Artfact.com 01.03.07, 12:01 AM ET
On Dec. 15, Sotheby’s sale of the Dr. Arthur and Evelyn Krosnick collection of masterworks by George Nakashima totaled $2.6 million, well above a $1.9 million pre-sale estimate. The American furniture maker’s work saw fever pitch bidding on the New York salesroom floor.
A record price of $822,400 went to his celebrated “Arlyn” table, made of a variety of burl woods and a slice of redwood from the Muir Woods in California.
The 1988 masterpiece, which had rested in the New Jersey home of Nakashima’s patrons, the Krosnicks, was seized by a determined bidder: the Two Red Roses Foundation, a private museum in Florida. The organization moved far beyond the table’s pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000 in order to include the piece in its renowned American Arts and Crafts collection.
The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement is
coming to St. Petersburg, Florida. MAACM will be the new
home of the Two Red Roses Foundation's collection.
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