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  • Literature

    David Rago and John Sollo, Collecting Modern: A Guide to Midcentury Studio Furniture and Ceramics, Salt Lake City, 2001, pp. 96-97 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early 1950s, Paul Evans studied sculpture, metalwork, silversmithing and goldsmithing at several institutions including the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Philadelphia Textile Institute and the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  The present lot is one of the earliest cabinet designs produced by Evans, in which his craftsmanship of small-scale items like the jewellery of his student years is evident in the protrusions of cut and skillfully patinated loops and gold leafed knobs.   An important milestone in the beginning of Evans’s career as a furniture designer, this cabinet introduces the culmination of his jewellery and sculpture training in the years just prior, and is indicative of the experimental nature and energy of his designs in metal that were yet to come. 


Important and early wall-mounted cabinet

c. 1958
Patinated copper, painted copper, steel, brass, gold leaf, painted wood. 
76.8 x 183.5 x 54.6 cm. (30 1/4 x 72 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.)
Produced by Paul Evans Studio, USA, from the ‘Verdigris Loop Copper’ series.  Together with an original period photograph and slide.

£38,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £43,250


25 Sept 2008, 2pm