Pritam & Eames, The Gallery of Original Furniture
The Gallery of Original Furniture


We're opening in our new location this Spring 2015 at The Gallery at Somes Sound (GSS) on Mount Desert Island, Maine! Thanks to a generous offer by Tyra Hanson, director of GSS, PRITAM & EAMES will have the first floor in an historic two-story building in beautiful Somesville, ME to showcase studio work by artists and artisans associated with P&E.

P&E's inaugural exhibit will feature furniture by Garry Knox Bennett, Wendell Castle, Jere Osgood, Kristina Madsen, William Walker, Don Miller, Judy Kensley McKie, James Schriber, Richard Scott Newman, Tom Hucker, David Ebner, Timothy Philbrick, Peter Sandback, Andy Buck, Fran Taubman, Duncan Gowdy, Gary Magakis, Tim Coleman, and Ted Blachly. P&E North will also represent painters Karen Kluglein and Aubrey Grainger; lighting designers Sam & Noel Hilliard; ceramist Fred Johnston; jewelers Terri Logan and Tia Kramer; glass artist Sam Stang; lacquer master Yuji Kubo; and metalsmith Maurice Hamburger.

Our first featured show, Garry Knox Bennett: Inside, opens on May 15, and highlights work by this towering figure in the American studio furniture movement. Our second featured show, New Furniture by Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell, opens on August 1, and will showcase work by two stars of 21st-century American furniture: Tom Hucker and Brian Newell.

The Moon's Light by WENDELL CASTLE
Stained ash.
16.375"H x 48"W x 21.5"D
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 we'd seen Garry's work over the years in museum exhibits, gallery shows and numerous publications, our real introduction came about last year when we spent an evening with he and his wife, Sylvia, in their Oakland, CA home. It was there that we 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" he says. Garry Knox Bennett: Inside will feature chairs, tables, benches, lamps and wall art drawn from Bennett's Oakland home. For this Maine show, we've 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 will be 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
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
Wine Bottle Table
Cherry, maple, paint.
25”H x 20”W x 20”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
Shaped Side Tables
American walnut.
20.75"H x 26"W x 16"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
Griffin Cabinet
Carved Mahogany, Milk Paint.
21"H x 21"W x 4 "D
Swan Coffee Table
Cast bronze, glass.
17"H x 48"W x 24"D
Ram Bench
Indiana Limestone.
17.5"H x 47.5"W x 17"D
Owl Vessel
Cast Bronze
44"H x 14" diameter
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
"H x "W x "D
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
Side Table
”H x ”W x "D
Please plan to visit and enjoy the fine art and furniture of PRITAM & EAMES at our new location, The Gallery at Somes Sound (GSS), meet Tyra Hanson, director of GSS, and enjoy the extraordinary surrounding beauty of Acadia National Park.
Tyra A. Hanson - Director
1112 Main Street, Somesville, ME 04660



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