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CALIFORNIA CRAFT Some of these artists hail from California while others found their way to this creative destination, but all of them share a similar organic style that became California Craft. Defined by natural materials, smooth lines, curved edges, and impeccable craftsmanship, California Craft populated the mid-century modern furniture and sculpture landscape and influenced artists well into the 21st century. Notable California Craft artists include Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Sam Maloof, Gerald McCabe, Bob Stocksdale, and Jan de Swart, who’s puzzle box exhibits his penchant for using wood from uprooted trees washed into the ravine beside his home. Walnut, as opposed to exotic wood, was used primarily because it was readily available and it allowed artists to showcase their craft with a beautiful, natural finish. The Espenet cabinet and Maloof bench represent California Craft traits, combining smooth wood, “rounded-off” edges, and curved legs while maintaining the walnut’s essential qualities. Literature: Maloof, Sam. Sam Maloof: Woodworker. New York: Kodansha International, 1983. Print.

183 SAM MALOOF BENCH Studio, executed circa 1966 Walnut Retains branded signature 35”h x 73.5”w x 18.5” Provenance:

COMMI SSIONED DI R EC T LY

FRO M SAM MA LOOF 1964 - 69; T HENCE BY DESCENT

$18,000-25,000

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