Wharton Esherick collectibles



2015-06-26 10:35:16

Wharton Esherick (1887-1970) was an American sculptor and furniture maker. His primary medium was wood, and his creations included furniture, utensils, interiors and buildings.


Born and raised in Philadelphia, as a young man Esherick trained in wood, metal working, drawing and painting.

From 1920 onward, Esherick developed an interest in wood working, eventually carving 400 blocks. He began to sculpt in wood when the medium was still exclusively used for craft.

By the late 1920s, he became involved in crafting wooden furniture, with emphasis on shape rather than decoration.

He was also commissioned by many customers to create furniture and interiors in is inimitable and unique style.

Esherick has been credited with reviving interest in furniture making after the Second World War and his work is regarded as representing the link between [[art]]] and craft.

Notable works

Esherick’s hilltop studio is in itself an example of his work; it was crafted by the sculptor throughout his lifetime and is now a museum dedicated to him.

A spiral stair, created by Esherick in 1930, was used to create the ‘Pennsylvania Hill House’ – an exhibit at the New York World’s Fair.

His work on the interior of the Curtis Bok House between 1935 and 1937 was renowned, including a fireplace and music room doors.

Notable sales

On February 5 2011, Rago Arts and Auction Center sold an Esherick chair for $100,650. The leading lot in the auction, the chair was created in 1939 out of oak, leather and wrought iron.

It easily surpassed its estimate of $25,000-35,000, in a sale which included many other Esherick pieces.


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