J. B. Blunk - Design New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of the artist; Sotheby’s, Important 20th Century Design, June 19, 2007, Lot 139

  • Literature

    Todd Merrill and Julie V. Iovine, eds., Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam, New York, 2008, illustrated p. 40

  • Catalogue Essay

    This low dining table was commissioned in the mid-1980s by a Japanese client from California artist J.B. Blunk. Given the irregularities of burl, the client became concerned about the table's practicality. Blunk produced for him a second example in rosewood and kept the present lot in his personal collection. Carved by hand and by chainsaw from a single piece of buckeye burl, the table is evidence of Blunk's superior woodworking abilities in service to the natural characteristics of the wood.


Unique low table

ca. 1985
Buckeye burl.
16 x 59 x 36 in. (40.6 x 149.9 x 91.4 cm.)

$45,000 - 55,000 


9 June 2010
New York