|EDISON, N.J. — A one-of-a-kind Paul Evans sculptural front floating sideboard is coming to auction on March 28.
The piece from the renowned furniture designer, sculptor and artist was made in 1974 at his studio in New Hope, Pa. It comes from a Monmouth Beach estate and will be sold by Bodnar’s Auction Sales. The previous owner purchased it directly from Evans and it has been in his family ever since. The pre-auction estimate puts it in the $80,000 to $120,000 range.
Evans is famous for his contributions to American furniture design and the American craft movement of the 1970s. His creation of metal sculpted furniture set him apart. He studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and later settled in New Hope and shared a showroom with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell.
In the 1950s he began making copper chests and followed with sculpted steel-front cabinets. Evans had a two-man show in 1961 at America House, an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York (now named the Museum of Arts & Design). In 1964, Evans became a featured designer for furniture manufacturer Directional Furniture. With Directional Furniture, Paul Evans introduced several series of furniture lines; such as Argente series, Sculpted Bronze series, Sculptured and Painted Steel, Patchwork Copper, Pewter and Brass, and the popular Cityscape series.
Evans pieces were frequently signed, and some of the custom items have a signature and a date. The artist’s relationship with Directional Furniture set a unique standard for creative manufacture by insisting every piece was made by hand, finished by hand, supervised by the artist at each step of production, one piece at a time. Evans died in 1987.
The piece in the Bodnar auction features a sculpted and painted steel front with patchwork copper on the top and sides. It is covered by a single piece of black slate that sits at the top. The sculpted front has different designs running throughout that make this piece completely different to the others that Evans made.
The piece will be featured at an auction March 28 at the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison. For more information visit www.bodnarsauction.com or call (866) 349-7378.