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George Nakashima Black Walnut Slab Coffee Table

Auction:
3265B
Lot:
448
Sold for:
$27,060$22,000

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Auction:
20th Century Design - 3265B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
June 20, 2019 10:00AM

Description:

George Nakashima Black Walnut Slab Coffee Table, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1960, free-form slab with feathering and three bow tie joints, top restored by Nakashima Studios, marked "Aaronson" on base, with copy of original order card, ht. 13, wd. 56 1/2, dp. to 33 in.

Provenance: The estate of Dr. Bernard S. Aaronson to the consignor. Dr. Aaronson was the head of the Section of Experimental Psychology, Bureau of Research in Neurology and Psychiatry, at Princeton University. He was a well-known investigator in the field of consciousness expansion. Dr. Aaronson was a strong believer in the Buddhist religion, particularly the Japanese school, known as Rinzai Zen Buddhism. He worked on a number of projects in support of the Japanese Rinzai Buddhism Master Joshu Sasaki, who came to America in 1962. In February of 1971, Dr. Aaronson was involved in planning the first intensive meditation practice week (Dai--sesshin) that was held at a convent in the countryside outside Princeton. During the summers of 1976 and 1977, Dr. Aaronson co-developed the inaugural program for what came to be an annual summer event, the Buddhist Seminars on the Sutras. It was around 1977 that Dr. Aaronson moved from his home in Princeton, New Jersey to Los Angeles, California, to continue his religious practice under the guidance of Zen Master Joshu Sasaki.

Note: Includes a copy of the original order card and a signed copy of Psychedelics, The Uses and Implications of Hallucinogenic Drugs, by Bernard Aaronson and Humphrey Osmond (Anchor Books, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1970), inscribed "For Mother and Dad, My first book. Bernard S. Aaronson."
Estimate $18,000-23,000

Recently restored by Nakashima Woodworkers. There is one small hazy area in the finish.


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Keywords

Doubleday & Company Inc., Bernard S. Aaronson, Zen Master Joshu Sasaki, Humphrey Osmond, Buddhism Master Joshu Sasaki, Los Angeles, Buddhism, Indian religions, Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Rinzai school, Sasaki, Sesshin, Zen

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