Custom works for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

Living room of Lawrence and Alice Seiver's Main Line home. Photograph by Mansfield Bascom, courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum, Malvern, PA

Wharton Esherick Custom three-legged dining table for Lawrence and Alice Seiver $50,000–70,000

The Fine Art of Woodworking

Custom Works by Wharton Esherick
for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

Few artists can revolutionize an approach to a medium, but Wharton Esherick did just that when he brought modern woodworking into the realm of fine art starting in the late 1920s. Esherick began his career as a painter, but when he turned his attention to utilitarian objects such as chairs, bowls and tables, he won wide renown. Esherick believed the approach to design was a balance of the physical and abstract expressionism that he explored as a painter.  His work appears with a flawless understanding of function, but is clearly sculptural from every side. To fully understand the subtle asymmetric detailing and truly see the work, a viewer must circle it. A purity of line is complemented by masterfully carved details. Historic traditions of furniture making did not interest Esherick, and his works celebrate the material alongside the expert hand of its maker. 

I would tell Wharton what I needed. But I never told him what it should look like, and I never asked when I would get it.

Alice Seiver

Wharton Esherick Custom sofa for Lawrence and Alice Seiver $80,000–120,000

A tour of Wharton Esherick's home and studio

Photos from one of Alice Seiver's many trips to Wharton Esherick's home and studio. On this trip in the 1960s she was accompanied by Joan Mondale, wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale.

Wharton Esherick Bench for Lawrence and Alice Seiver $15,000–20,000

If I can't make something beautiful out of what I find in my own backyard, I have better not make anything.

Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick's works for the home of Lawrence and Alice Seiver will be fully documented and featured alongside period photographs in our Important Design catalog.
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Wharton Esherick Wall-mounted light for Lawrence and Alice Seiver $25,000–35,000

Almost everything Esherick made, he designed for a particular person in a particular place.

Paul Eisenhauer, Curator of the Wharton Esherick Museum

Important Design

Featuring works by Wharton Esherick for Lawrence and Alice Seiver

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