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    Enignum X table  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £316,000

    The Enignum X table, a unique piece by the Co. Cork designer Joseph Walsh, comes up at Sotheby’s design sale in London on October 17 with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.  In a note on the catalogue the world renowned mid career furniture maker explains: “The unique aspect of Enignum X is the sweeping curvature of this table top shape, this is unique within the series and the creating of the shape had an immediate consequence in the free form composition beneath.  This is evident for instance where the two legs meet the ground and wrap past each other, supported by a wishbone bracket jointed in and carved seamlessly into the composition. At the time I had some beautiful burr Ash, large planks, from a very old tree. So we had a wonderful selection for the table top. Each slab as selected, nested into the next plank and finding the appropriate joint line between to link and connect the slabs.”

    The first Enignum table was realised in 2009 and it took another year to realise the next one.  Dating to 2013 Enignum X is representative of the exploratory moment when he was thinking of developing the Magnus, Luminoria and Lilium series.  It was, Walsh recalled, a great period at the workshop.  Keisuke Kawai from Japan had joined in 2008 and followed the development of the Enignum series. French maker Remi Behr had been with us in 2006 for training and returned at the end of 2010.  Sotheby’s annual design sale will feature the very best in Post War and Contemporary design.

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