September 14, 2008

In 1970, Arthur Espenet Carpenter Created The Coolest Rocker In The Entire Alpha Quadrant


Fascinating. Arthur Espenet Carpenter was like the fifth Beatle of American woodworking. In 1972, he was in "Woodenworks," the genre-defining show at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, along with George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, and Wendell Castle.

By that time, Carpenter's shops in San Francisco and Marin County--future home of Starfleet, remember--had been cranking out custom and one-of-a-kind furniture for years. Such as this insane walnut rocking chair, made in 1970.

I mean, just look at this thing. Vladimir Kagan grabs Carlo Mollino to quiet slip out for a smoke every time this rocking chair comes up in conversation. Spectacular. And if it really only sells for the estimate Wright 20 puts on it, it'll be a spectacular bargain as far as I'm concerned.

October 7, 2008, Lot 197: Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Rocking Chair, 1970, Est. $7,000-9,000 []


Beautiful. But, those sharp points on the armrests will make a mean knot on baby's head when he rears back in a crying fit in your arms.

that is one beautiful rocking chair

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