Phil Powell and Paul Evans, Studio Bar Cabinet and Server, USA, 1964
Phil Powell and Paul Evans Studio Bar Cabinet and Server – Todd Merrill
A custom commissioned bar cabinet and serving-shelf unit designed and handmade by Phil Powell and Paul Evans. This rare piece represents the early creative partnership between the artists: with Powell’s mastery of wood-carving and Evans’ artful use of metals, the cabinet typifies each artist’s creative vision while serving as a touchstone to the art-furniture movement of the early 1960s.
The cabinet, hand sculpted by Powell and made of American Walnut, features a gold leafed red clay front exterior. Two sets of bi-fold doors are incised with a diamond and brick pattern. Hints of the designs that would follow can be seen early on this work, such as the rectangular brick-like forms in gold, which we would later see in mirror polished chrome and brass in Evans’ iconic Cityscape series.
The interior of the cabinet is fitted with walnut shelves, which can be used as a bar if desired to store stemware and bottles. A slate top, which can be used as a serving counter upon which drinks can be made, and array of walnut shelves above and below offer a practical design. The serving counter is supported by a very rare single sculptural bracket created by Evans evocative of an exploding, abstract steel ball. The entire piece is mounted on steel triangular poles decorated with brazed bronze and burned markings. The steel poles tension mount between floor and ceiling so the whole unit appears to float. The piece can also be wall-mounted.
A Studio Bar Cabinet and Server
Paul Evans and Phil Powell
Gold leaf over red clay, steel, and walnut
LENGTH: 5 ft. 11 in. (180 cm) DEPTH: 23 in. (58 cm) HEIGHT: 8 ft. 8 in. (264 cm)
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