These chairs are the earliest furniture pieces designed by George Nakashima of Japan. They were made in 1936, when Nakashima was employed by architect Antonin Raymond to design St Paul’s Church in Karuizawa. The chairs are made of the same material as the church, cryptomeria logs, which are a sacred wood. Possibly designed in collaboration with Raymond’s wife, these pieces are precursors to the Grass-Seated chair which Nakashima made in 1944 for the director of the Museum of Modern Art. Only two were known to exist until Moderne Gallery discovered six more in New Zealand. They are offered for $195,000 each.
Its 11th staging runs from November 10-14 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Jill Bokor, executive director, says: “After a highly successful, though smaller, fair in 2021, we look forward to the return of many of the international galleries who were unable to participate because of the pandemic.
“This year galleries from the UK, France, Sweden and China will return, joined by newcomers from Los Angeles, Texas, Egypt, France and New York.”
First-time Salon NY exhibitor Boccara, a carpets and rugs specialist, brings Allegory of Time by Claude Dodane. This tapestry, handwoven at Aubusson c.1930, was commissioned by the Dodane family. Measuring 11 x 9ft (3.5 x 2.7m), it is offered in perfect condition for €120,000.
Exhibitors include Ariadne Galleries from the US offering antiquities, Galerie Marcilhac of France with 20th century decorative arts and the UK’s Gallery FUMI with Contemporary British and European design.
Among the newcomers are Galerie Yves Gastou, Le Lab Atelier and Galerie Artempo.