Wharton Esherick 1887–1970

Wharton Esherick was an American artist and craftsman whose influence on craft furniture design and architectural forms spanned decades. Esherick pioneered the Postwar American Studio Craft movement applying a technique that bridged the gap between expressionist art and craft. His furniture was non-traditional: both sculptural and functional while focused on organic, asymmetric forms. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Esherick studied wood and metal working at Central Manual Training High School and later drawing and printmaking at the Pennsylvania Museum School of the Industrial Arts. In 1908 he received a painting scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, but did not complete the program, instead he pursued commercial art and book illustration while continuing to paint on the side.

In the early 1920s, he moved to rural Paoli, Pennsylvania in order to live a lifestyle more immersed in nature. At this time his woodworking began to take form combining modern art with hand wood shaping creating frames for his paintings which developed into carved woodcuts. By 1926 his sculpture was exhibited at the Whitney Museum in New York, and he began to hand-build a studio on his land, which in 1993 was named a National Historic Landmark and opened to the public as the Wharton Esherick Museum.

Auction Results Wharton Esherick

WHARTON ESHERICK, Important three-legged dining table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

Important three-legged dining table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $60,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, coffee table | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

coffee table

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $47,200
WHARTON ESHERICK, mirror for Lawrence and Alice Seiver | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

mirror for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $42,500
WHARTON ESHERICK, coffee table | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

coffee table

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $42,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, coffee table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

coffee table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $30,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, wall-mounted light for Lawrence and Alice Seiver | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

wall-mounted light for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $25,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, coffee table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

coffee table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $17,500
WHARTON ESHERICK, Hammer Handle chair for the Hedgerow Theater | wright20.com

Wharton Esherick

Hammer Handle chair for the Hedgerow Theater

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $9,600