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April 19, 2008

Paul Evans and George Nakashima.. now Co-Kings of Modern American Furniture Design

The collecting world wakes up to the amazing furniture of Paul Evans.

Paul_evans_bronz_sculpturedfrontcab For the last several years.. collectors not MAO have been falling all over themselves pushing up the prices of George Nakashima furniture.  Even books on Nakashima are hard to find.
And, if you've ever seen one of his natural wood tables.. you know, his furniture is amazing.

But the work of Nakashima's New Hope Pennsylvania contemporary, furniture maker Paul Evans..had never managed to get as much attention or demand the same sky high  from the design collecting elite. Well..that was until last weekend. 

This time, we saw jaws drop, tongues wagged, and auction records shattered..as collectors clamored to buy the several beautiful lots of Paul Evans bronze work for sale from the Sollo Rago Auction house this past weekend.

We've blogged about Paul Evens works before, but, some of these were the most amazing pieces of modern American furniture Dr. Quiz and MAO have ever seen. The bidding wars were intense insane cause MAO got outbid on everything!

We hope, this one Paul Evans cabinet (shown here),  went to the MAO collection a major American museum, because we've never seen a finer example.

Lot 100, Paul Evans, Sculpture Front Cabinet...Pre-Sale Estimate, $80,000 - $120,000... Actual Total Sale Price : $ 228,000.

(photo : PAUL EVANS Two-door vertical Sculpture Front cabinet, vibrantly painted with edges trimmed in 23K gold-leaf, the red-washed interior with three gold-leaf drawers and numerous compartments, 1972. (From the collection of Dorsey Reading.) Signed Paul Evans '72 D. 82" x 36" x 20" )

Now if only someone would publish a book on Paul Evans work..since we don't know of any yet!!


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We have two incredible pieces from Evans' 'Skyline' series. I love this series more than his 'brutalist' works. You're so right...when is someone going to publish THE BOOK!



I was wondering if you could give me some information on a wall cabinet that was in a house that I recently purchased. I have been searching the web and it looks a lot like a Paul Evans design. I sent the image to a couple of antique dealers in NYspecializing in Paul Evans furniture, but they say they are not sure who made the piece, but they are interested in purchasing it. Before I did anything in haste, I wanted to do a little more research. If you know of anything regarding the piece, I would truly appreciate it. Thanks.


(The images will not paste, but if someone is interested, please email me so that I can forward the images)



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Looks like a collectors item...can light up an entire wall and a room too.It has a functional side to it that is the real fun of it.

I have multiple paul evans cityscape pieces! 4 dining chairs, a bar, three wall mountable storage units, coffee table. email me for pics if you're interested! [email protected]

Great piece, I would be scared to use it it's so beautiful!

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