Pritam & Eames, The Gallery of Original Furniture
Archives: The Fourth Decade The Gallery of Original Furniture
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Pritam & Eames: The Fourth Decade
2012 - 2016
The archives is intended as a record of work that Pritam & Eames received in its 30-plus year history. The prompt for the creation of the archives came from an unlikely source: a New York State auditor, when examining the gallery’s sales tax procedures, ended up so impressed with the quality of work being shown that, before she left, she made an emphatic suggestion that the partners had a serious responsibility to produce a record of this work. And so began the registration system -- photographs attached to index cards containing the specifications of each piece, which led to the creation of these Archives.

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Spring Floor Lamp by TED BLACHLY & PETER BLOCH
Mahogany, wenge, quaking aspen.
65"H x 12"W x 10.5"D, shade 17"diameter
Table Lamp by PETER BLOCH
Banksia pod, mahogany base, aspen shade.
29.5"H x 8"diameter base; 15.5"diameter shade
Black Pedestal/Table #11 by JOHN ERIC BYERS
Wood, paint.
30"H x 16"W x 16"D

Black Pedestal/Table #13 - JOHN ERIC BYERS
Wood, paint.
21"H x 16"W x 16"D
Black Pedestal/Table #14 - JOHN ERIC BYERS
Wood, paint.
21"H x 16"W x 16"D
Heaven and Earth Cabinet by TIM COLEMAN
English brown oak, English sycamore, roasted ash.
50.25"H x 20"W x 13"D
28.5"H x 52.5"W x 26"D

Small Oval Table by HANK GILPIN
30"H x 30"W x 15"D
Imperial Ming China Table Lamp by NOEL & JANENE HILLIARD
Hand-blown ivorystringer tiles, cobalt blue accent tiles, bronze with antique patina.
28"H x 26”diameter
Slumped glass panel with fused black stringers, solid cast bronze frame.
15"H x 6”W x 4.25”D




Butterbean Chair by CRAIG NUTT
Bleached maple, leather, paint.
38"H x 18"W x 23"D

"27" @ PRITAM & EAMES   "27" @ PRITAM & EAMES


NOTES: 27 was a separate adjoining space in the gallery that features work in different media, as well as furniture pieces produced in small editions.

Open Form Side Tables by JOHN ERIC BYERS
Hand tooled American hardwood.
20"H x 14”W x 14”D
Counter Stool by DAVID EBNER
Bamboo, steel.
25"H x 16.5”W x 13”D
Bamboo, Steel.
17"H x 17”W x 13”D
Wine Table by DAVID EBNER
Figured ash.
24"H x 19”diameter
End Tables by DAVID EBNER
22"H x 19.5”W x 15”D
Assorted woods.
1/4 Scale Twig Table by MAURICE HAMBURGER
Forged Steel.
5.5"H x 3.5”W x 3.5”D
Small Vessel on Wheels by MAURICE HAMBURGER
Forged Steel.
3.5"H x 3”W x 2”D
Pitchers by SAM STANG
Latticino Glass.
9.5"H x 6”W x 6 ”D
Ball Vase by SAM STANG
Murrini glass.
4.5"H x 4.5" diameter
  Vase by SAM STANG
Zanfirico glass.
7.75”H x 4.5”diamete
Inclamo Bowl by SAM STANG
5.5"H x 14”diameter
  Murrini Incalmo Bowl by SAM STANG
4.75"H x 15”diameter
Polar Purse by WENDY STEVENS
Perforated stainless steel, leather.
8" x 6.5" x 1.25
Perforated stainless steel, leather.
7"W x 3.75"H x 1.5"D
Embossed, colorized stainless steel, leather.
7.75"W x 2.5" diameter cylinde
Figured cherry, forest green leather, stainless steel pull.
30"H x 41”W x 25”D
Square Jester Table by TIM WELLS
Maple, leather, lacquered steel.
35.5"H x 14.75”W x 14.75”D
Tall Jester Table by TIM WELLS
Maple, red leather, lacquered steel.
35.5"H x 25.5”W x 13”D
Spring Wall-Hung Hall Table by TIM WELLS
Maple, leather, satin nickel.
5.25"H x 36”W x 13.25”D
Revesby Clocks by TIM WELLS
Hardwoods (maple/cherry/mahogany/walnut), leather.
7"H x 7”W x 2”D
ART AT HOME: Work by Three East End Artists ART AT HOME 2012
In 2012, Pritam & Eames began featuring the work of three East End artists in an ongoing series called Art at Home. The introduction of Linda Capello’s figure drawings in conté crayon and charcoal, Aubrey Grainger’s landscape paintings in oil, and Karen Kluglein’s botanical studies and still lifes in watercolor over vellum gave the gallery a chance to demonstrate the compatiblity of fine furniture and fine art are and how they come together naturally in the home.
LINDA CAPELLO - Figure Studies  
Linda Capello is a master of figure drawing. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she worked in the New York City fashion industry for over 20 years. Capello is listed in Who's Who of American Women, and received the Miriam Russo Enders Award from the National Association of Woman Artists (May 2009), for her red conté crayon drawing, So Inclined. "All I have ever wanted to do was draw, and all I have ever wanted to draw were people. I am a classically trained anatomist, but instead of the rigid, mechanical representation of muscle, bone and flesh, I look for the subtlety of the line: the strength and sensuality of the thick, thin, and lost line," Capello says.
Conte crayon, charcoal, pastel, tinted paper.
25.25"H x 37.25"W x 1.5"D (framed)

Study V
Conte crayon, charcoal, paper.
21.25"H x17"W x 1.5"D

Oil on canvas.
33"H x 24.5"W x 1.5"D

AUBREY GRAINGER - Landscapes in Oil Paint  
Aubrey Grainger was raised in New Jersey and started oil painting when she was 16 years old, and she continues working in that medium today. Twenty five years ago, Grainger was drawn to the East End of Long Island where she now lives and paints full time in Sagaponack. Influenced by the Hudson River School artists, as well as the French and American Impressionists, she is particularly drawn to light and shadows. She spends several weeks every year in the Adirondack Mountains, painting around Saranac Lake. The remainder of the year is spent painting the landscapes of the East End. Grainger refers to her paintings as the journal of her life: each canvas a different page, reflecting the impact that the beauty of the location had on her.
Corwith Farms
29"H x 41"W x 1.5"D

Summer Afternoon
34.75"H x 44.5"W x 1"D

Green Truck
22"H x 26"W x 1.5"D

KAREN KLUGLEIN - Botanical Paintings: Watercolor on Vellum  
Karen Kluglein has been drawing and painting for as long as she can remember. Although she now concentrates on botanicals, which are usually painted life size, she has always painted the natural world because, she says, of the pleasure it gives her to make beautiful what most people would pass by. She paints on paper or vellum and her favorite medium is watercolor because it is fluid and transparent, dries quickly, and can be worked over; vellum, made from the hide of calf, deer, or goat, is thin enough that it gives the painting a luminous quality. She won the American Society of Botanical Artist’s (ASBA) New York Central Award in 2011; ABSA’s Best in Show New York Horticultural Society International Exhibit in 2010; the Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, American Society of Botanical Artists, 2010; and the Talas Award, American Society of Botanical Artists in 2009.
30”H x 22”W x 2.25”D (framed)

Slipper Orchid
12.75”H x 12.75”W x .75”D (framed)

Falling Leaves
17.75”H x 14.5”W x .75”D (framed)



FRED JOHNSTON - Woodfired North Carolina Clay FRED JOHNSTON -
Woodfired North Carolina Clay
Bird Pitcher
13.25"H x 10.5"W x 6"D

Gourd Vase with Black Ankle Glaze
13.5"H x 7.5"diameter

Large Bowl
3.25"H x 11"diameter

Guinea Hen Motif Lidded Jar
13.5"H x 12"diameter
TIA KRAMER - Jewelry of Recycled Silver & Handmade Paper TIA KRAMER - Jewelry of Recycled Silver & Handmade Paper
Nestled Quarter Spheres Earrings  
Crease Series II Necklace/Bracelet Modules  
TOM ODELL- Jewelry of Precious Metals & Japanese Alloys TOM ODELL- Jewelry of Precious Metals & Japanese Alloys
14K and 18K gold, shakudo and shibuichi patinated

18K gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi patinated

Sterling silver, bronze.
Rosewood Side Table by ANDY BUCK
Painted poplar, rosewood.
24.75”H x 22.5”W x 17"D

Wine Cork Cocktail Tables by ANDY BUCK
Painted poplar, gun-blued steel, wine corks, resin.
23.25”H x 12.25”diameter



Twelve Legged Hope Chest
Painted mahogany, aromatic cedar, steel, brass.
25"/36”H x 16.5”W x 12.5"D

Wine Table (rear) by DAVID EBNER
Walnut with pigmented bronze finish.
20”H x 22”diameter
Dining Table by DAVID EBNER
30”H x 54”diameter

Bubinga, mirror.
13”H x 13”W x 1.125”D

Blackbird Cupboard by JUDY KENSLEY McKIE
Carved and painted Basswood.
65”H x 38”W x 16.125”D

Pyramid Chest by JUDY KENSLEY McKIE
Carved and painted Basswood.
52”H x 48”W x 16.75”D

Cast Bronze.
3.75”H x 13”W x 8.5”D

Cast Bronze.
6”H x 14”W x 10”D
Cast Bronze.
4.75”H x 12”W x 6”D


Brazilian Rosewood, Blackwood, Pearwood, Wenge.
41”H/29.5”H x 72”W x 36”D


Pritam & Eames introduced new work by Thomas Hucker on August 10 through September 18. Highly regarded as both an artist and craftsman, Hucker is deeply influenced by traditional Japanese aesthetics as well as contemporary Italian design thinking. “ His furniture combines qualities that are seemingly incompatible — buoyancy and mass, abstraction and utility, richness and plainness,” says Bebe Johnson, gallery partner. “As such, he never fails to come up with sophisticated, engaging work. ”

Work for his show at Pritam & Eames included a settee, a sideboard or foyer table, a pair of ebony upholstered chairs, and a low table. Some of his presentation drawings for furniture pieces were also included in the show.

Wenge, silk.

35.5"H x 77"W x 27"D
While still a teenager in Pennsylvania, Hucker began a two-year apprenticeship with a German master cabinetmaker, Leonard Hilger. He continued his training in furniture making with master-craftsman Jere Osgood at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the 1970s. The strong artistic and technical base that Osgood and Hilger’s instruction provided paved the way for the provocative, conceptually engaging work that would come.
Hucker’s awards include grants from The Fragrance Foundation in New York, a Fulbright-Hays grant in industrial design for year-long study at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and two National Endowment for the Arts awards; he was five times an awardee by I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review. He has taught at New York’s Pratt Institute and New York School of Design, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, and the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee. Hucker’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts & Design and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York; Detroit Museum of Art, MI; Los Angeles Country Museum, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; and The Smithsonian Institution of American Art, Washington, DC.
Foyer Table
Walnut, crotch walnut.

31"H x 76"W x 18"D


Side Chair
Ebony, upholstery.

38"H x 26"W x 24"D
Low Table
Padauk, textured & stained yew.

15"H x 44"W x 44"D


Pritam & Eames
introduced Furniture by John Makepeace, the award winning British furniture designer, on July 27 through September 18. On August 10 through September 18, Makepeace’s furniture was joined by Thomas Hucker: New Work. “By overlapping the exhibition schedule of these two exemplars of the studio furniture movement, John Makepeace and Tom Hucker, we demonstrate that this field is a cogent expression of our times,” says Bebe Johnson, partner at Pritam & Eames. “Although their work is as different as can be, Makepeace and Hucker have great respect for each other’s work.”

About Hucker, Makepeace says: “I have long admired Tom Hucker's furniture -- his approach contrasts with mine in his choice of exotic timbers, but he achieves extraordinarily poetic forms with an economy that is delightful.”

Hucker states: “When I was young, John Makepeace was this mythical figure, this sublime master craftsman and design innovator on the other side of the Atlantic. His work is very ‘full’ to me, by which I mean the craftsmanship is exceptional, the underlying concepts are focused and firm, the designs are carefully articulated, and the details are high notes floating above these structures. Makepeace’s work always makes me smile -- it’s the ‘Damn, he’s good’ smile.”

Dorset Fruits Table
English lime, slate.
 28"H x 42" diameter

John Makepeace has been called the “Father of British Furniture Design”, with a career spanning 50 years in the forefront of that field that earned him an international reputation as well as the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to design in 1988. More recently, he received the Furniture Society’s Award of Distinction in 2002. Makepeace’s work is included in two recent Victoria & Albert Museum exhibitions: The Power of Making and British Design, 1948-2012.

Most of John Makepeace’s furniture is made to commission, so exhibitions of his work are rare. For example, this exhibit marks the first appearance in the United States of Makepeace’s Dorset Fruits Table in English lime, the best possible wood for carving, he says. The pigment of the fruits is worked into the surface of the lime so that the grain is still visible, and the table features fruits grown in Makepeace’s Dorset, UK garden, such as apples, plums, pears, quince, cherries, white, red and black currants, strawberries, gooseberries, loganberries, boysenberries, and blackberries.
Zebras -- Pair of Cabinets
Holly, black oak.
each 35.5"H x 35.5"W x 17.75"D

“I don’t like making things that are conventional and I don’t like using techniques that are purely traditional. I really think that there is always a better answer,” Makepeace states. His Zebras pair of cabinets, also in the summer show at Pritam & Eames, demonstrates his unconventional approach to furniture. The Zebras cabinets are Makepeace’s first involvement in marquetry, where he’s created light and dark with pale, dense holly and open-grained black oak. The interiors, with drawers and shelves, are burnished scarlet lacquer -- red is Makepeace’s favorite color. The zebras are seen either as a formal pair placed symmetrically, or, more informally, wandering in open space.

“My design approach,” Makepeace says, “stems from a concern that furniture should reflect our human needs rather than be determined by machine aesthetics; this, and my admiration for the way nature evolves to give us elegant, strong and appropriate forms. As a designer, that is my goal too. My furniture is made from indigenous, sustainably managed timbers; each has its own beauty and one of my roles as a designer and craftsman is to celebrate that.”

John Makepeace’s furniture is in a number of private and public collections worldwide, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, UK; Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt, Germany; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; The Lewis Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; and Crab Tree Farm, Lake Bluff, IL.

Trine Arm Chair
English yew, 5,000 year old bog oak.

Mid-Summer Arrivals - 2012   Mid-Summer Arrivals - 2012

Duck Box by ANDY BUCK
Carved & painted mahogany, ebony hinge & knob.

20"H x 20.5"W x 6.5"D

Oval Cabinet
East Indian rosewood, wenge, isu noki.
47.5"H x 20"W x 10"D

Clockwise from upper left: MICHAEL HURWITZ, Twelve Leaf Resin Table; AUBREY GRAINGER, Schwenck's Farm; JUDY KENSLEY McKIE, Wagging Dog Chair; GARY MAGAKIS, Amalfi Cabinet; FRAN TAUBMAN, Polished Steel Table.

BRIAN NEWELL, Desk; KAREN KLUGLEIN, (left) Calla Lily; (right) Four Tulips, watercolors on paper.

KAREN KLUGLEIN, Orange Tulip, watercolor on paper.

RICHARD SCOTT NEWMAN, Demilune Table and Banjo; AUBREY GRAINGER, "Glimpse of Scallop Pond", oil on canvas.

RICHARD SCOTT NEWMAN, Banjo of curly maple, snakewood,
satinwood, ebony, bone, gold-plated brass

Clockwise from upper left: LINDA CAPELLO, "Motif", oil on canvas; NOEL & JANENE HILLIARD, Imperial Ming China Table Lamp;

Top: KAREN KLUGLEIN, "Crown of Leaves", watercolor on vellum;
BRIAN NEWELL, Oval Cabinet.

KAREN KLUGLEIN, "Four White Roses", watercolor on paper.

AUBREY GRAINGER, "Lumber Lane Farm", oil on canvas; DAVID EBNER, Mozambique Dining Table; TIMOTHY PHILBRICK, Side Chair.

KAREN KLUGLEIN, "Sunday Paper", watercolor on paper;
JUDY KENSLEY McKIE, Bronze Horse Side Table.

KAREN KLUGLEIN, "Sunday Paper", watercolor on paper.

LINDA CAPELLO, "Tattoo", "Idyll", "Rose Tattoo", mixed media: charcoal, conte crayon, pastel on wallpaper;
JUDY KENSLEY McKIE, Limestone Ram Bench; RICHARD SCOTT NEWMAN, Maple Chair; TIM WELLS, Red Leather Desk


LINDA CAPELLO, "Kimono", conte crayon, pastel on paper.

AUBREY GRAINGER, "Mill Creek Sunset", oil on canvas; JOHN GAGNON, Couch;
ANDY BUCK, Oval Table, Wine Cork Cocktail Tables; PETER BLOCH, Table Lamp.

Low Nail Table
Thermally modified maple, 4,800 nails, steel.
16"H x 63"W x 36"D

33rd ANNIVERSARY SHOW May 25 -- July 30, 2013 33rd ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Ash, purpleheart.
85"H x 48"W x 16"D
Swivel Barrel Chair by DAVID EBNER
Walnut, leather.
30"H x 30"W x 28"D

Bar Stools by DAVID EBNER
Sapele, brass, leather.
36"H (seat 30.5"H) x 20"W x 20"D

15"H x 38"W x 16"D

Tiptoe Table by HANK GILPIN
Keys mahogany, English yew.
24.5"H x 16.5"W x 16.5"D

Small Chest by HANK GILPIN
Seagrape, Port Orford cedar, holly.
17.25"H x 11.5"W x 11.5"D

Blistery ash, brown oak.
20.5 - 19.25"H x 55"W x 15.5"D

Keyhole Mirror by DUNCAN GOWDY
Stained mahogany.
22.25" diameter x 2.5"D

Tapiantana Table Lamp by NOEL & JANENE HILLIARD
Hand-blown glass tiles, bronze.
28"H x 28"diameter

Cloud Table Lamp by NOEL & JANENE HILLIARD
Hand-blown glass tiles, bronze.
21"H x 14.5"diameter

Gabon ebony, wart hog tusks, with silver by Jeffrey Herman.
8.75"H x 7"W x 7"D

Console Table by JAMES SCHRIBER
Quartered ash.
30"H x 59"W x 18"D

Sapele, gold leaf.
8"H x 22"W x 10"D
Ornamental Kale by KAREN KLUGLEIN
Watercolor on vellum.
With frame: 23"H x 21"W x 1"D

Saddle Shoes by KAREN KLUGLEIN
Watercolor on paper.
With frame: 14"H x 14"W x .5"D

Study in White by KAREN KLUGLEIN
Watercolor on paper.
With frame: 14.375"H x 17.5"W x .75"D
Bridgehampton Farm by AUBREY GRAINGER
Oil paint on canvas.
With frame: 21"H x 29"W x 1.5"D

Glimpse of Scallop Pond by AUBREY GRAINGER
Oil paint on canvas.
With frame: 27"H x 33"W x 1.5"D

Oil paint on canvas.
With frame: 34.5"H x 44.5"W x 1.5"D

Conte crayon, pastel on wood veneer.
21.5“H x 17.5“W x  .5“D

Lacquer on wood.
4"H x15.5"diameter

9 Drawer Chest by YUJI KUBO
Lacquer on wood.
12.5"H x 12"W x 8"D

Cat Box by YUJI KUBO
Layered and combed lacquer over paulownia wood, sowed with silver powder and charcoal powder, Phillips’ screws .
16"H x 27"W x 5.5"D

Jewelry Box by TIM WELLS
Curly maple, bubinga, black leather.
5.5”H x 13.25”W x 11"D


Photography by

As part of our Art at Home series, Pritam & Eames introduced Working Cowboys by Jennifer Alnwick, a photographic study of the American West. A New York native, Alnwick says, “I fell in love with the West and the story of the American cowboy.”  She began her western odyssey in a small town at the base of Big Horn Mountain, Wyoming, population 51, in 2006. Over the next five years, she saddled up with her cameras and shot pictures of cowboys as they went about their daily routines in the open spaces of Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Texas. Alnwick says, “The working cowboy is almost extinct, and I wanted to capture him before he is gone.” 
Foreground: Settee by THOMAS HUCKER.
Wenge, silk.
35.5"H x 77"W x 27"D

Foreground: Console Table by JAMES SCHRIBER
Quartered ash.
30"H x 59"W x 18"D

Trevor (WY)
24"H x 18"H / 32”H x 24”W with mat & frame

  Throwing a Loop (CO)
16"H x 20"H / 20”H x 24”W with mat & frame
Colt Roping (CO)
16"H x 20"H / 20”H x 24”W with mat & frame

  Vaquero (WY)
16"H x 20"H / 20”H x 24”W with mat & frame
Spring Chores (CO)
18"H x 24"H / 32”H x 24”W with mat & frame

  Leading to Pasture (CO)
24"H x 18"H / 32”H x 24”W with mat & frame
Headed Home (WY)
30”H x 40”W

  Crossing I (MT)
30”H x 40”W
Crossing II (MT)
30”H x 40”W

  Day's Done (CO)
30”H x 40”W


We hosted a show called Updates that ran through September 17. The show heralded the September 2013 publication of our book, Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters, published by The Artist Book Foundation, and included updates of pieces featured in the book.
Chest of Drawers by DAVID EBNER
Walnut (all from the same tree).
44"H x 33"W x 22"D


In addition, there were two other works of notice: a console table in painted aluminum by Fran Taubman and a writing desk in English sycamore with an exquisite tambour top by Sarah Marriage. Sarah was a recent graduate of the College of the Redwoods, Mendocino, CA, where her work caught the eye of both Brian Newell and Tom Hucker. 


"Leviathan" Tambour Desk by SARAH MARRIAGE
English sycamore, Spinneybeck leather.
38”H x 39”W x 22.5”D

Fran Taubman's table continues her experimentation with defining architectural and sculptural space using square bar aluminum stock, this time painted. 
Console Table by FRAN TAUBMAN
Painted aluminum, glass.
31.25”H x 48”W x 18”D

proudly presents

Cover: Richard Scott Newman, Umbrella Stand, 1984 (detail).
Pearwood, ebony, and ormolu, 32 in. high x 14 in. diameter (81.28 x 35.56 cm).
Photograph: Northlight Studio.
In 1990-91, Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson interviewed
14 artist-craftsmen who were pivotal to the gallery in its first decade.
These conversations have been turned into a book,
Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters,
which was published by The Artist Book Foundation in fall 2013 by
The Artist Book Foundation, New York, NY. In their words,
James Krenov, Wendell Castle, Judy Kensley McKie, Thomas Hucker,
as well as Jere Osgood, Richard Scott Newman, David Ebner, Hank Gilpin,
Alphonse Mattia, John Dunnigan, Wendy Maruyama, James Schriber,
Timothy Philbrick and Michael Hurwitz
tell us why they do what they do and why
they chose furniture as a vehicle for artistic expression
"The impassioned voices of 14 makers bring to life the issues of the studio furniture field,
from isolation to analysis of form to comparison with other arts.
Led by the wise questions of the owners of the country's major art-furniture gallery,
their stories create a thought-provoking, sometimes Roshomon-like portrait of the growth and development -- and personalities -- of this creative movement.
It's an important history and a great read!"
-- Janet Koplos,
co-author (with Bruce Metcalf), Makers: A History of American Studio Craft,
University of North Carolina Press, 2010; former Senior Editor, Art in America and
American Craft
Popcorn ash, quarter-sawn cherry, white oak..
42.75"/30"H x 50"W x 27.5"D

Trestle Table by TED BLACHLY
Popcorn ash, ash, Claro walnut.
29.5"H x 92"W x 42"D

Console Tables by JAMES SCHRIBER
Quartered ash / blackened rift white oak.
each 30"H x 59"W x 18"D

Slumped lily white glass, bronze with antique patina.
22"H x 8”W x 5.76"D
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The Art & Furniture of MARK LARSON & DAN CRAMER The Art & Furniture of
April 4 -- July 8, 2014  

Our first show of 2014 introduces the work of the Minnesota-based artists, Mark Larson and Dan Cramer, who have collaborated on a series of furniture pieces. The show also includes paintings and bowls by Mark Larson. The collaboration between Larson and Cramer began three years ago when they met through friends in Mexico, where Larson lives and works each winter. Cramer trained as a cabinetmaker before attending Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, where he studied design. Larson has a BA and MFA in studio art and art history; he studied at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, with further studies in France and Italy.

We think the work of these two Minnesotans is a fresh look at furniture -- this is not simply painted furniture, but rather paintings on furniture.
Trees Cabinet
Wood, mahogany veneer, powder coated metal base, oil paint, varnish, glass shelves.
35”H x 72”W x 15.25”D

Pieta Cabinet
Wood, mahogany veneer, powder coated metal base, oil paint, varnish, glass shelves.
35.75"H x 54"W x 12.25”D

Sea Chair
Metal frame, wood panel seat and back, oil paint, varnish.
33”H x 21”W x 22”D

Rose Table
Wood top, metal base, oil paint, varnish.
17.25”H x 28”diameter

Nautilus Table
Wood top, metal base, oil paint, varnish.
25.5”H x 28”diameter
La Serena Gorda Bowl
Oil paint on hand carved Mexican pine, varnish.
7”H x 16.5”diameter

  Apple Bowl
Oil paint on beechwood, varnish.
4.5”H x 15”diameter
Poppy Bowl
Oil paint on beechwood, varnish.
4.5”H x 15”diameter
  Pieta Bowl
Oil paint on beechwood, varnish.
4.5”H x 15”diameter
"The Other Pea"
Oil painting on black & white photograph.
28”H x 36”diameter

Oil painting on black & white photograph.
46”H x 65”W
Dining Table by HANK GILPIN
Ash, beech, black gum, box elder, bubinga, cherry, cypress, holly, honey locust, juniper, madrone, mahogany, maple, red oak, white oak, osage orange, yellow pine, poplar, sea grape, sour wood, walnut.
28.75"H x 68.5"W x 37.5"D
Tip Toe Table II by HANK GILPIN
Maple with ebony.
23"H x 16.125"W x 16.125"D
Carved Vessel by BRIAN NEWELL
2.75"H x 14"W x 14"D
Carved Tray by BRIAN NEWELL
2.75"H x 13.5"W x 7"D
Plate Console Table by FRAN TAUBMAN
Bronze, steel, copper, glass.
31.25”H x 48”W x 18"D

Plate End Table by FRAN TAUBMAN
Patinaed steel, glass.
19.75”H x 20”W x 20"D

Shaped Side Tables by THOMAS HUCKER
African padauk.
20.75"H x 26"W x 16"D

Mirrors with Shelf by MICHAEL HURWITZ
Zelkova/walnut/ash (not pictured).
19.5”H x 14.5”W x 3"D

The Furniture Society
2014 Award of Distinction

Bebe and Warren Johnson Photo: Sabine Hindra

The Furniture Society is proud to announce
the 2014 Award of Distinction Honorees,
Warren & Bebe Johnson

Notes from Andrew Glasgow, past Executive Director of The Furniture Society
and the American Craft Council, about this year's honorees:

The dynamic duo being recognized with this year's Furniture Society Award of Distinction is the inimitable Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson. I think it is safe to say that without Bebe and Warren it is unlikely that there would be a Furniture Society as we know it. I know I would have never been on the radar without Bebe's encouragement. I owe her a great deal.

Most of us know Bebe and Warren as the thoughtful, careful, and intentional owners of Pritam & Eames, the nation's premier gallery for Studio Furniture. One wonders, however, what brought them to this point.

Warren and Bebe both studied philosophy early in their academic careers. After receiving her Master's degree in Communications from Boston University, Bebe would begin her real-world career and become Director, Asian Program Operations at the Council on International Educational Exchange in New York. Warren studied law and received a LLB from the University of Illinois, and pursued graduate economics at MIT. His career took a turn, however, when the Johnsons moved to New York, and he ended up studying film at Columbia University where he received an MFA. Warren co-authored a book on film production, taught film at various institutions including Columbia, and was cameraman/editor on a number of internationally-based documentaries. After an interesting and successful decade, Warren and Bebe decided it was time for a change. 

So, following the likes of De Kooning, Pollack and Larsen, they decamped to East Hampton, a bit before the glitterati of the ‘80s and ‘90s and, in another turn of career, carved out a life dedicated to craft: educating and offering to the public -- a public that sought them out in a historic old steam laundry building in East Hampton that became Pritam & Eames -- an opportunity to acquire and live with this work. For the last 33 years, Pritam & Eames has existed, both powerfully and quietly, out in Long Island for a very appreciative public. 

Bebe and Warren were not satisfied with just selling the best studio furniture, they were also ambitious to contribute to the growing body of literature about this decorative arts field. This ambition led to conversations with makers and other intelligent aficionados that resulted in the publication of their book, Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters [The Artist Book Foundation, 2013].  

Personally, I can't imagine anyone more deserving of the Award of Distinction than Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson. They built and crafted a business that has sustained them, given a boost to grateful makers, and played an important part in building the dialogue that underpins today's studio furniture movement. 

This year's Award of Distinction ceremony was hosted at the FS14 conference in Port Townsend, WA, on June 21.

About the Award of Distinction

In 2000, the Furniture Society’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a proposal to create an Award of Distinction that would recognize outstanding achievement and long standing commitment by an individual or institution to the advancement of the art of furniture making. The Award was intended to strengthen the fabric of the Furniture Society's community by naming and celebrating its aesthetic and intellectual leaders.  Past honorees include Sam Maloof, James Krenov, Tage Frid, Wendell Castle, Art Espenet Carpenter,  John Makepeace, Alan Peters, Jere Osgood, Jonathan Fairbanks, William Keyser, Garry Knox Bennett, Judy Kensley McKie, Tommy Simpson, Michael Fortune, Walker Weed, Wendy Maruyama, Vladimir Kagan, John Cederquist, and Roseanne Somerson.
PRITAM & EAMES Moves North

In Fall 2014, PRITAM & EAMES closed its Race Lane location in East Hampton, NY. In May 2015, it relocated its exhibition space to the beautiful village of Somesville, Maine on Mt. Desert Island.
There, PRITAM & EAMES joined The Gallery at Somes Sound in a cooperative venture in which the two galleries showcase work by their artists on separate floors in an historic Somesville building.

In 2015 at its new location, PRITAM & EAMES exhibited work by Garry Knox Bennett, Ted Blachly,
Peter Bloch, Andy Buck, Wendell Castle, David Ebner, Hank Gilpin, Duncan Gowdy, Noel and Janene Hilliard, Thomas Hucker, Michael Hurwitz, Kristina Madsen, Gary Magakis, Wendy Maruyama, Alphonse Mattia, Judy Kensley McKie, Don Miller, Brian Newell, Richard Scott Newman, Timothy Philbrick, James Schriber, Greg Smith, Fran Taubman, and William Walker.

The gallery also featured work by painters Karen Kluglein, Aubrey Grainger, and Linda Capello; ceramist Fred Johnston; jewelers Tom Odell, Terry Logan, and Tia Kramer; glass artist Sam Stang; lacquer master Yuji Kubo; and metalsmith Maurice Hamburger.

PRITAM & EAMES NORTH's first featured show, Garry Knox Bennett: Inside, opened on May 15, and highlighted work by this towering figure in the American studio furniture movement. Our second featured show, New Furniture by Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell, opened on August 1, and showcased work by two stars of 21st-century American furniture: Tom Hucker and Brian Newell.
MAY 15 -- AUGUST 15

Garry Knox Bennett has been a formidable figure in the American studio furniture movement for more than five decades. He's known for his unexpected combination of materials, inexhaustible creativity and drive, meticulous craftsmanship, and provocative, robust humor. It's not surprising that this imposing figure in the studio furniture field stands at 6-feet 9-inches.

Although the P&E partners had seen Garry's work over the years in museum exhibits, gallery shows and numerous publications, their real introduction came about in 2014, when they spent an evening with he and his wife, Sylvia, in their Oakland, CA home. It was there that they got a glimpse into how this artist thinks about things and how he lives. The furniture and art that he chooses to surround himself with -- all made by Bennett or his artist friends -- reveals an ultra-refined sensibility coupled with an artist's eye for color and form and an unapologetic embrace of utility. "It is the function of painting, sculpture or drawing to reveal the subjective feelings of the artist; it is the function of furniture making to make an objective record of reality to provide visual, ass-supporting truths about the real world of weight, storage and velocity" Bennett says. Garry Knox Bennett: Inside featured chairs, tables, benches, lamps and wall art drawn from Bennett's Oakland home. For this Maine show, the partners tried to convey a sense of this Bay Area artist with this selection of pieces that he's made over the years.

Zig-Zag Chair
Walnut, upholstered embossed leather, matte silver-plated copper, ColorCore.
32.75"H x 27"W x 32"D
Garry Knox Bennett was born in Alameda, CA in 1934, and entered California College of the Arts (CCA) as a painter in 1959. While at CCA, he also studied sculpture and pursued both disciplines with modest success for about seven years. In the early 1960s, he met Wayne Thiebaud and Mel Ramos, Jack Ogden and other influential California artists. It was then that he decided he had a long way to go as a painter and turned to object making. His first enterprise in the 1960s was a metal plating and jewelry business that featured a very successful line of roach clips.
Chair Painting
Chair, wood panel, paint.
47.5"H x 36.5"W x 12.5"D
His exhibition history includes a number of solo and group exhibitions at museums across the country and abroad, such as California's museums of art in San Francisco and Oakland; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA; and Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY.
Bronze Side Table
Cast bronze.
20"H x 20"W x 20"D

The California native has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and exhibition catalogues including New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furniture Makers, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1989, and The Maker's Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940-1990, also published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003. Two books are of special interest: Made in Oakland: The Furniture of Garry Knox Bennett [American Craft Museum, 2001] New York, NY, and Garry Knox Bennett: Call Me Chairmaker [Bellevue Arts Museum, 2006] Bellevue, WA. In addition to chronicling the fabulous body of work produced in Bennett's 50-plus year career, these books include essays and interviews by Arthur Danto, late professor emeritus of philosophy, Columbia University; Edward S. Cooke, Charles F. Montgomery Professor, History of Art, American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Yale University; and Glenn Adamson, Nanette L. Laitman Director, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY that lend a scholarly gravitas and locates his work in the continuum of history of design and art over the last century and a half. Both publications are available at P&E North.

Bennett's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY; De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; Fine Arts Museum, Mobile, AL; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Montreal Museum of Art, Montreal, Canada; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Oakland Museum of California. Bennett has maintained his studio in his beloved Oakland, CA since 1966.

Wood, Thonet café chair, aluminum, ColorCore, lacquer.
37.5”H x 31”W x 15”D
Stubby Stark Chair
Yellow cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet.
29”H x 16”W x 22”D
Daffodil Table Lamp
Wood, hand-blown glass, cast bronze, lamp parts, epoxy, silver, 23kt matte gold-plating.
18”H x 6”W x 6”D
Sylvia's Table
Curly clear-heart redwood.
29.125”H x 49.75”W x 29.75”D
White Chair
Painted wood, upholstered canvas duck, 23kt gold-plated brass, stainless steel wire.
29.5”H x 18”W x 22”D
Branch Lamp
Lucite, wood, tree branch, brass, powder-coated steel, lamp parts, paint.
30”H x 14”W x 14”D
Green Trochère
Wood, plexiglass, 23kt gold-plated brass, lamp parts, enamel paint, lacquer.
72.5”H x 19.5”W x 13”D
African mahogany.
32”H x 60”W x 22.5”D
Trestle Table
Popcorn ash, ash, Claro walnut.
29.5"H x 92"W x 42"D
Spring Floor Lamp
Mahogany, wenge, quaking aspen.
65"H x 12"W x 10.5"D, shade 17"diameter
Tall Red Table
Honduran mahogany, poplar, hand painted surface pattern of milk paint, graphite, lacquer.
29”H x 16”W x 16”D
Cookie Tin Banjo
Cookie tin, Honduran mahogany, rosewood, ebony.
12”H x 30”W x 2.25”D
The Moon's Light
Stained ash.
16.375"H x 48"W x 21.5"D
Book Chair
Twisted sassafras, spalted maple.
25”H x20”W x 16”D
Scallion Coat Rack
Bleached & painted ash.
69"H x 12"W x 14.5"D
MFA Bench
Poplar, paint.
16''H x 36''W x 15''D
AUBREY GRAINGER - Oil Paintings on Canvas
Oil paint on canvas.
21”H x 17”W
Grand Marnier
Oil paint on canvas.
18”H x 15”W
Glimpse of the Pond
Oil paint on canvas.
With frame: 35.75”H x 46”W x 1.75”D
Keyhole Mirror
22” diameter x 2.5”D
Spring Coat Rack
Walnut, brass.
56”H x 32”W x 4.5”D
Ridge Pendant
Hand poured Bronze frame, hand cut and fused Lily White glass.
11.5"H x  24"W x 24"D
FRED JOHNSTON - Woodfired North Carolina Clay
Pea Fowl Motif Vase I
Wood fired, salt glazed with copper glaze. Made from wild local clay.
17"H x 10"W x 10"D
Pea Fowl Motif Vase II
Wood fired, salt glazed with copper glaze. Made from wild local clay.
19.5"H x 11"W x 11"D
2-Handle Buzzard Vase
Chrome red glaze. Made from wild local clay.
15"H x 8.5"W x 8.5"D
KAREN KLUGLEIN - Paintings: Watercolor on Paper
Cedar Point Rocks
16”H x 22”W
Camellia Bud
10”H x 10”W
St. George (Gulf of Mexico)
19”H x 29”W
TIA KRAMER - Jewelry of Recycled Silver & Handmade Paper
Nestled Quarter Spheres Earrings
YUJI KUBO - Japanese Lacquerware
Box of Nine Drawers
Urushi lacquer over wood.
13”H x 12”W x 7.25”D
Lacquer on wood.
4"H x15.5"diameter
Swing Leg Table
Bubinga, ebony, gesso.
29”H x 30”W x 13.75”D; extended: 29H" x 48.5”W x 30”D
Emerson Cabinet
Bronze, blackened steel.
43"H x 36"W x 14"D
Griffin Cabinet
Carved Mahogany, Milk Paint.
21"H x 21"W x 4 "D
Swan Table
Cast Bronze, glass.
Comb V Shelf
Bleached ash.
10"H x 38"W x 12D"
Mahogany, Ebony.
34.5"H x 45.5"W x 20"D
Curly maple, snakewood, satinwood, ebony, bone, gold-plated brass.
38”H x 11.75”W x 3.5”D
Spring Tables
Walnut, ash.
23.5"H x 29.5"W x 17.5"D
Club Chair
Claro walnut, Spinneybeck leather.
38"H x 31W" x 31”D
Oval Nail Table
Wenge, aluminum nail inlay.
16”H x 72”W x 25”D
Dining Table
29"H x 54"diameter
Photo: John Kane
Plate Console Table
Bronze, steel, copper, glass.
31.25”H x 48”W x 18"D
Plate End Table
Patinaed steel, glass.
19.75”H x 20”W x 20"D

Pritam & Eames North featured the distinctive furniture of Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell at the Gallery at Somes Sound (GSS), Mount Desert Island, Maine, in an exhibition that ran through October 15.  

We’ve long felt that the work of these two artist-craftsmen push the boundaries of what’s possible in furniture making – as a result, they never fail to come up with sophisticated, original pieces. Although Hucker and Newell may draw upon traditional furniture forms, those precepts get run through their eccentric systems which results in a personal poetic that is unmistakably theirs. Both are enormously gifted artists who chose furniture as their vehicle for creative expression and who, as a result, helped shape a powerful movement in the 20th and 21st century decorative arts.

Hucker and Newell work in different parts of the country – Hucker in Hoboken, NJ and Newell in Fort Bragg, CA – but these two exemplars of American studio furniture share common ground. Each has a deep respect for the materials they use, which is most often wood. Both are deeply influenced by traditional Asian aesthetics, and both are hopelessly obsessive to get to the edge in their work. Further, they were trained by two of the most influential teachers in the studio furniture field: Tom Hucker studied with Jere Osgood at the Program in Artisanry at Boston University in the late 1970s, and Brian Newell’s life was forever changed when he came into contact with James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg, CA in the early 1980s. 

Some background:
Tom Hucker
(b. 1955 in Bryn Mawr, PA) received his Certificate of Mastery from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in 1980. While in Boston, he also studied the Japanese tea ceremony, attending the Urasenke school from 1977 to 1980. In 1982 he was an artist-in-residence at Tokyo University of Fine Arts. In 1989, he received a Fulbright grant to study interior and industrial design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Hucker’s furniture often combines qualities that are seemingly incompatible — buoyancy and mass, abstraction and utility, richness and plainness. Although his work is influenced by traditional Japanese craft and contemporary Italian design, he also taps into de Kooning, Noguchi and Coltrane.

Hucker’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly the American Craft Museum), New York, NY; the Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, NY: the Detroit Institute of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; and the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His work has been featured in museum exhibitions like Inspired by China at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA, in 2006; The Maker’s Hand at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2004; and the seminal New American Furniture exhibition in 1989, also at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Tom Hucker designs and fabricates custom furniture and lighting in his small shop in Hoboken, NJ, where he settled in 1990.

As a teenager in Flushing, MI in the 1970s, Brian Newell was already carving signs for local stores. Pierced carving by chisel would become his trademark. Eventually he found his way to the College of the Redwoods, CA where he trained with the legendary cabinetmaker, James Krenov. While no apostle to Krenov’s quiet furniture philosophy, the virtuosity of Newell’s work, nevertheless, exhibits the same finesse in the handling of wood as his teacher’s.

In 1997, Brian Newell married Mari Ito, a textile artist, and settled in her native Japan for the next ten years. There as a result of isolated studio space provided by his Japanese mother-in-law, he was granted an enviable, uninterrupted period of time in which he produced a dazzling body of work that made apparent his enormous gift to create furniture forms with forceful authority and breathtaking detail. In 2001, Newell had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan, which was followed with two one-person shows at Pritam & Eames, East Hampton, NY in 2004 and 2007.  

Newell has received two Windgate Fellowships for artist residencies – one at College of Arts + Design, University of New York, Purchase, NY in 2010, and one at San Diego State University, CA in 2014. His furniture was also featured in the Inspired by China exhibit at the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, MA in 2006. The Michigan native maintains two workshops: one in Fort Bragg, CA and another in Atsugi, Japan.

Courting Chair
Walnut, Thai silk blend.
25”H x 40”W x 18”D
Fan Table
SA Swetina mahogany, ebonized Philippine mahogany.
14”H x 67”W x 34”D
Walnut, holly.
30”H x 51” Diameter

Walnut, holly.
35”H x 20”W x 20”D
Shaped Side Tables
American walnut.
21”H x 26”W x 16"D
Wall-hung Cabinet
Bog cedar (jindei), persimmon.
8”H x 24”W x 9”D
Macassar ebony.
20”H x 24”W x 18”D
Side Tables
24”H x 20”W x 20”D
Six-Footed Vessel with Spoon
African blackwood.
1.75”H x 4”W x 2"D
Three-Footed Vessel
African blackwood.
2.5”H x 3.75”W x 2.25”D
Long Three-Footed Vessel
African blackwood.
2.5”H x 10”W x 2”D

East Hampton, New York 11937

Design by Diana Zadarla