Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:00AM EDT - Sun, Oct 16, 2016 10:00AM EDT
American (Minneapolis, MN), ca 1905. A center table in cypress by John S. Bradstreet & Company, the whole in jin-di-suigi finish with floral carving, having four lower extensible shelves; ht. 27.5, lg. 26, wd. 20 in. (closed), lg. 33.25, wd. 28 in. (shelves raised).
According to Sotheby's 2005 catalog, this table was authenticated by Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
There is no other known example of a table by John Scott Bradstreet (1845-1914) in this design. It features a fine execution of the Japanese jin-di-suigi technique. This method consists of burning, scraping and carving the wood's surface to create dynamic tones and textures. Bradstreet, a Japanese art enthusiast, combined those techniques and sensibilities with the design and production philosophies of the English Arts and Crafts movement to make a truly innovative contribution to early 20th century American decorative arts.
Provenance: Purchased in Brainerd, MN, 1971. Offered at Sotheby's December 9, 2005, Lot 402.
Wear through finish to small areas on feet. Minor wear to leg corners.