The 2020 Fall Larsen Art Auction was a big success with almost 90% of lots sold with almost 2,500 registered bidders from more than 40 countries.

Paul Evans 1931-1987 American

Lot 272

Argente Cabinet, 1969

Welded and patinated aluminum, slate, lacquered wood, leather and welded steel

29.5" x 84" x 22"

Signed and dated Paul Evans 1969, inside edge of cabinet

$50,000 - $70,000

SOLD: $48,000

Cabinet features two doors revealing two adjustable shelves on the right side of cabinet and four drawers on the left side of the cabinet.

Provenance:  Private collection Santa Fe, New Mexico inherited from the Dr. Jerome and Vera Gerendasy collection New York, New York.

Paul Evans’ Argente Series, which was produced from 1967 through 1972, was an experimental process using 1/8 inch thick aluminum sheets.  By blackening the surface with ink, the aluminum was then sanded, buffed, textured with a torch, and scratched to produce unique sgraffito markings.  Due to the toxic fumes produced when welding aluminum, the Argente line was very short-lived.  Therefore, the Argente line of furniture are rare and coveted. This 1969 cabinet is an excellent example of Evans’ knowledge and unique vision of metalworking.

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