Philip and Kelvin LaVerne’s rare sculptural Eternal Forest coffee table with circular top hand-crafted of acid-etched and patinated bronze over wood with patinated pewter and delicate tones of hand-painted polychrome enamels resting on a four star pedestal base cast in patinated bronze. This iconic LaVerne abstract design depicts a dense forest of trees or an ‘Eternal Forest’ described as a “Symbol of the continuity of life and growth, a peaceful unending forest stands before us”. Simple in its contemporary form and inspired by natural imagery, this functional work of art transcends time in its quiet poetic language. Incised signature to tabletop Philip Kelvin LaVerne and Philip LaVerne Galleries Ltd. WORKS of ART paper label affixed to underside.
Father and son duo Philip (1907—1987) and Kelvin (born 1936) Laverne were widely recognized for their sculptural and historically influenced furniture although their oeuvre also included fine art and sculpture. From the mid-1950s through the 1980s, they utilized the centuries-old bronze casting techniques using low relief sheets in their works including cabinets, coffee and occasional tables among many other objects. They created a distinct blend of function and artistry while incorporating ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Greek archaeological and art historical references. Their uncommon techniques included applying patina and acid etching to mixed metals such as pewter, brass, and bronze. The furniture and sculpture of Philip and Kelvin Laverne is highly sought after today for its one-of-a kind quality and demonstrated mastery of functional decor.
Sculpture II Bronze and Pewter Tables: The Art of Philip LaVerne, studio catalog, p. 2