A rare standing forged front standing sculpture screen of highly desirable 89 inch scale. Evans’ forged front works were designed and built out of welded steel with forged three-dimensional elements in the artist’s New Hope, PA workshop specifically as custom commissions. They are considered to be the most successful and most highly sought after pieces from the Evans studio.
This console is signed in welded script‘Paul Evans 69’ – Dorsey Reading, most likely built the structure and forged elements, and Robert “Cool” Thomas Sr., the studio assistant most likely painted the front. Cool was known to have developed with Evans’ a rich and subdued palette for these pieces based on the local New Hope landscape. Cool had been studio assistant to Pennsylvania Impressionist Edward W. Redfield until meeting Paul Evans. He worked in the Evans Studio, bringing his deft sense of color and technique to the finishes of many of the studio works. Cool left the Studio in 1970 making this one of the last pieces he worked on.
See documentary “Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism” for Michener/Cranbrook Museums, 2015.
The sculpture screen features a complex arrangement of pictographic sculptural elements in grid work frames, the sculptural elements are covered in an autumnal polychrome palette of deep red, pale-blue, off-white and yellow with gold leaf, braised brass and black patinated accents. The top is the original Pennsylvania black slate, the underling wood case is covered in a patchwork of deep brown and black painted and oxidized steel.
Private Collection of Dorsey Reading, head fabricator of Paul Evans Studio, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, October 12, 2011-January 15, 2012
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, March 1, 2014-June 1, 2014 and Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, June 21-October 12, 2014
Jeannine Falino, Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design, exh. cat., The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2011, p. 22, no. 10 (for the present lot illustrated)
Constance Kimmerle, ed., Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism, exh. cat., Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2014, pp. 152-153, no. 30 (for the present lot illustrated)
Medium: Enameled, patinated and gilded steel and brass
Dimensions:89h x 39w x 6d inches
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