Bodnar's To Offer Rare Paul Evans Sideboard

New Jersey Convention and Expo Center In Edison To Host Sale On March 28

March 15, 2019

Bodnar’s will sell a rare Paul Evans sculptural front floating sideboard in its Thursday, March 28 sale in Edison, N.J.
This piece was made by Evans in 1974 in his studio in New Hope, Pa. Evans was an American-born furniture designer, sculptor, and artist who 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 worked in New Hope, Bucks County, sharing a showroom with woodworker Phillip Lloyd Powell. Evans also studied at several other institutions, including the Philadelphia Textile Institute in Philadelphia, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the School for American Craftsmen.
In the 1950s, he began making copper chests and followed with sculpted steel-front cabinets. Evans had a two-man exhibition in 1961 titled “America House,” held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York (today named the Museum of Arts & Design). In 1964, Evans became a featured designer for furniture manufacturer Directional Furniture. With that firm, Evans introduced several series of furniture lines, including the 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 be made by hand, finished by hand, and supervised by the artist at each step of production. He died in 1987.
This sideboard has 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. Each example may look similar, but each is one of a kind. It has a welded signature on the base of the right most side door and is dated “1974.” The piece was purchased from the Paul Evans Studio in New Hope, Pa., in 1974, and has been in the consignor’s family ever since. It comes from a Monmouth Beach, N.J., estate.
Bodnar’s Auction Sales is proud and excited to bring this piece to the market. Bidding will be offered in-house, through phone and absentee bidding, as well as online through Invaluable and Auction Zip. The pre-auction estimate is $80,000-$120,000, with a starting price of $40,000, and must be sold to the highest bidder to settle the estate.
The sale will be held at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center at 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, N.J.
To contact Bodnar’s, call 732-951-2100.


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