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    Description

    Arthur Espenet Carpenter (American, 1920-2006)
    Unique Double-Trunk Table, 1977
    Genisaro wood with ebony inlay
    27 x 85-1/2 x 36-1/2 inches (68.6 x 217.2 x 92.7 cm)
    Incised to the underside: Espenet 8002

    PROVENANCE:
    Commissioned directly from the artist's studio, 1977.

    Arthur Espenet Carpenter, was a self-taught woodworker based in San Francisco, California, and recognized as a master studio designer in the post-war American Studio Furniture Movement, working alongside such contemporaries as Sam Maloof, George Nakashima and Wendell Castle. Espenet was known for working with individual clients and creating unique pieces instead of creating commissions for commercial businesses.

    This extraordinary table is unique to Espenet's repertoire as it deviates from the traditional rectilinear form with its well-figured and unusual double-trunk Genisaro slab. Genisaro is a species of mahogany with texture in between bamboo and walnut, and is commonly used by furniture makers in El Salvador. Espenet selected ebony inlay to fill the natural bat-form voids at the center of each trunk. The organic-form table was used by its owner primarily as a dining table, but would also make a compelling center table or desk.



    Condition Report*: Good condition with marks and scratches consistent with age and use. With a repair at the seam joining one leg to the central post. Good overall appearance.
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    April, 2018
    16th Monday
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