california roundover

California Craft: The Work of Arthur Espenet Carpenter

May 10, 2016

Lot 138, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Dining Suite

The Bay Area craftsman Arthur Espenet Carpenter was one of the most celebrated figures in the post-war American Studio Furniture movement. A self-taught woodworker, Carpenter almost singlehandedly defined a new design aesthetic known as the “California roundover”—a style characterized by pleasingly flowing lines and gently-contoured edges that feel almost supple to the touch. LAMA’s May 22, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction includes the graceful, comfortable Wishbone chair–Carpenter’s signature design–as well as a drop-leaf table with organically curving struts. Rendered with skill and affection, such offerings exude the gentle warmth of the hand-made object.

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