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  • Provenance

    Estate of Orus Orville Eash, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Sacramento, California

  • Literature

    Esbjørn Hort, Finn Juhl: Furniture, Architecture, Applied Art, Copenhagen, 1990, p. 46

  • Catalogue Essay

    American architect Orus Orville Eash (1915-2003) produced over five hundred buildings during his long career, including offices, houses, and churches, most of them in the Midwest.  Eash’s own home in Ft. Wayne, Indiana (pictured below) hewed to the tenets of the International Style of architecture which espoused volume over mass, balanced proportions, and the absence of superfluous ornament. The same characteristics applied to the furniture of Danish designer Finn Juhl, whom Eash greatly admired. The present three lots, produced from 1951 by Baker Furniture of Grand Rapids, Michigan, are among the rare examples of Juhl’s works produced in the United States. Juhl’s soft contours and his play of mass and void—shaped backrests and restless arms—were a lively counterpoint to the strict geometry of Eash’s own home.

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Sofa

ca. 1951
Walnut, fabric, rosewood.
39 1/4 x 76 1/4 x 29 in. (99.7 x 193.7 x 73.7 cm.)
Manufactured by Baker Furniture, USA.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $18,750

Design

9 June 2010
New York