WENDELL CASTLE: 20th Century American Furniture

History: Wendell Castle’s Furniture Art

Wendell Castle has been called the founding father of American furniture art and is largely responsible for the development of modern designer furniture as a major art from. Born, raised and educated in Kansas, he began his prolific career at the age of 26 and has been consistently producing widely acclaimed pieces for more than five decades.

Castle’s work speaks to a naturally sustainable view of the world that has been his focus since the early 1960s. He selects his materials deliberately and meticulously, and lets the unique characteristics drive his design process. In most cases that material is laminated wood, but he’s equally masterful working with metal, fiberglass, concrete and plastic. His focus isn’t on the medium; it’s on creating unique objects that are at once sublimely abstract and eminently practical.

The availability of Castle’s work at any given time is limited. Thousands of pieces are held privately; more than 100 are in permanent museum collections and 30 are in corporate collections. He typically creates only about 35 pieces each year, and the duration of a project can be months, or even years.

Wendell Castle’s popularity seems to be on the rise, and his work continues to resonate with collectors, dealers and museum curators. Some vintage pieces recently commanded unexpectedly high prices at auction.

Name: Wendell Castle
Born: November 6, 1932
Died: January 20, 2018
Country: United States
Movements:    Modern Design, Art Furniture
Media: Furniture, sculpture, industrial art (wood, fiberglass, concrete, steel, plastic)

Cottone Auctions specializes in Wendell Castle sculpture and furniture.

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Wendell Castle (American, Born 1932) Fine & Rare Stack Laminated Walnut Trompe l’oeil Table

Hammer Price: $51,750

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Wendell Castle (American, B. 1932) Stacked Walnut Mushroom Table

Hammer Price: $42,000

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Wendell Castle (b. 1932) Coffee Table

Hammer Price: $35,650

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Wendell Castle (b. 1932) Cloud Form Desk

Hammer Price: $28,320

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Wendell Castle (b. 1932) Walnut Side Table

Hammer Price: $20,125

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Wendell Castle (Rochester, NY, B. 1932.) Walnut Zephyr Chair

Hammer Price: $16,675

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Wendell Castle (Rochester, NY, B. 1932.) Chair

Hammer Price: $10,350

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Wendell Castle (Rochester, NY, B. 1932.) Biomorphic Form Mirror

Hammer Price: $8,913

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Do you own a Wendell Castle sculpture or piece of furniture?

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Please complete the request form at right and upload at least one photograph of your Wendell Castle sculpture or furniture.

We strongly suggest including the following:

  • Photos: Clear color images of the front & back, with close-up details of any signature or maker’s mark. One photo is required; additional photos will allow us to more accurately assess your item.
  • History: Any information you may have regarding when & how the item was acquired, dimensions of the item, and any additional documentation.

Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for evaluation and appraisal of your artwork. We will email a detailed description and assessment of your item, as researched by our staff.

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