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Music Stand and Stool, James N. Cottey Jr.
[Compiled by Brian J. Lang, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Craft at the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock.
Originially published in "Curator's Eye" in MODERN Magazine, Fall 2012.]
Music Stand and Stool, James N. Cottey Jr., (1939- ), Steam-bent padauk and macassar ebony, 1990.
James Cottey Jr. (1939- ) hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, and spent his academic years studying engineering, sociology, industrial arts, and also education, receiving his master's in Education from the University of Arkansas.
In 1970 Cottey visited an exhibition on studio furniture. Already an accomplished mechanical draftsman and artist, Cottey left the exhibition inspired "to build in a contemporary direction." He attended Virginia Commonwealth University, studying under Alphonse Mattia, and wrote his master's thesis on the process of bending wood with steam.
Cottey likes to enhance the grain of the wood, and his works are known for being inspired by the sinuous lines of art nouveau and by the bentwood furtniture designs of Gebruder Thonet.
The music stand possesses an adjustable arm that can be raised or lowered depending on the height of its user, while the stool possesses a contoured and cantilevered seat supported by a central leg rising from outward-flaring feet.
As a composition, the music stand and stool are a harmonious duet, possessing a complementary dynamism and rhythm that bespeak their musical function.
Estimate: $150 - $300 (FMV)
Listed By: Stephanie Retz
Location: Providence, RI
Estimate By: Jorge Luis González
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