Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS


Support ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by supporting public television! Give Today
  • ON TV
  • SHOP
  • The Roadshow Archive

    Follow the Stories | Hartford, Connecticut (2009)

    Sketch of Frenchman's Cove Table by George Nakashima

    • A newspaper photo showing the president holding up the 8-ball
      At the Hartford ROADSHOW in August 2008, furniture expert J. Michael Flanigan appraised a George Nakashima table belonging to Juliet L., of suburban Hartford, Connecticut. In 1967, Juliet and her husband, Ernest, toured Nakashima's studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania, with the famed furniture maker himself, who helped the couple personally select the boards he would use to design them a table.

    • A newspaper photo showing the president holding up the 8-ball
      For more than 40 years, Juliet and Ernest have kept the sketch Nakashima made for them of his design for the table. Called a Frenchman's cove table, the design calls for two book-matched laurel boards each 72 inches long and 20 inches wide to form the tabletop.

    • A newspaper photo showing the president holding up the 8-ball
      On the sheet of paper, below Nakashima's sketch of the table, there is his description of the order — "1 - 2 board Book matched Laurel Frenchman's Cove Table - Laurel Base" — and the agreed price of $630. The order is also signed and dated June 17, 1967.

    • A newspaper photo showing the president holding up the 8-ball
      Flanigan explained that after George Nakashima died in 1990, the market for his furniture declined a bit, but by the turn of the century it had begun to rebound. Saying today there is "nobody hotter in the furniture market today" than Nakashima, Flanigan estimated the current value of Juliet's table at $50,000 to $60,000.

      Watch the full appraisal in our ROADSHOW Archive »

    See More Slideshows

    U.S. Secret Service Archive What Was Behind the Wyeth Watercolor? Classic Movie Stills George Nakashima Sketch Will Rogers & Wiley Post Memorabilia

    blog comments powered by Disqus

    WGBH This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
    ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
    WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
    PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    ROADSHOW on Facebook ROADSHOW Tweets ROADSHOW on YouTube