A rare telephone stand in walnut dating from the 1962 by American master craftsman Wendell Castle.
An x-form base supports a thin stem, upon which standss a shallow rectanglar cabinet with hinged door that can be secured with the matching removable hand-carved wooden peg.
This example of Castle's carved walnut furniture is signed on the base. It was sold by Peter Joseph Gallery in the early 1990s, and descended through the family.
1962 was a pivotal year in Castle's career; he exhibited Scribe Stool at the pivotal exhibition Young Americans 1962, a major exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Arts and Design), a juried competition for craftspeople under the age of thirty. As a result of this successful showing, Castle was offered a teaching position at the School for American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he taught until 1969.
Height: 20 inches (50.8 cm)
Depth: 14 inches (35.5 cm)
Width: 17 inches (43.2 cm)
Similar example illustrated:
Emily Evans Eerdmans, Wendell Castle: A Catalogue Raisonné, pg. 58-59
Related sketches illustrated:
Alastair Gordon, Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms, pg. 45-46