Wharton Esherick, (1887-1970)

From the Collection of the Wharton Esherick Museum, Paoli, PA

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Philadelphia born Wharton Esherick was a sculptor and wood worker renowned for his organic aesthetic that he freely extended to furniture, furnishings, interiors, and architecture. He has had a long lasting influence on contemporary studio furniture-where woodworkers create functional furnishings that are handmade and one-of-a-kind. Esherick has also been called the Dean of American Craftsmen for his pioneering efforts in making wood acceptable as a fine arts medium.

Major exhibits of his furniture and furnishings include the New York World's Fair, 1939-40, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City (now the Museum of Art and Design), 1958.

These significant exhibitions established Esherick as a leading figure in contemporary American furniture design.