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, three works from Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad Axe | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

three works from Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad Axe
estimate: $1,000–1,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, coffee table | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

coffee table
estimate: $18,000–22,000
result: $18,750

WHARTON ESHERICK, breakfast table | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

breakfast table
estimate: $24,000–28,000
result: $35,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Captain's chairs, set of two | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Captain's chairs, set of two
estimate: $7,500–10,000
result: $20,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, stool | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

stool
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $6,875

WHARTON ESHERICK, Biomorphic coffee table | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Biomorphic coffee table
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $18,750

WHARTON ESHERICK, The Race | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

The Race
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $15,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Hammer Handle Chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Hammer Handle Chair
estimate: $6,000–9,000
result: $6,250

WHARTON ESHERICK, Three-panel room divider | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Three-panel room divider
estimate: $15,000–20,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Rare lectern | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Rare lectern
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250

WHARTON ESHERICK, September Corn | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

September Corn
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, Hammer Handle chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Hammer Handle chair
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $8,750

WHARTON ESHERICK, The Great City; The Headsman (from Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad Axe) | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

The Great City; The Headsman (from Walt Whitman's Song of the Broad Axe)
estimate: $500–700
result: $625

WHARTON ESHERICK, Important Desk for David Solinger's Law Office | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Important Desk for David Solinger's Law Office
estimate: $35,000–55,000
result: $35,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Important corner cabinet for Marjorie Content | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Important corner cabinet for Marjorie Content
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $25,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Bench | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Bench
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $13,750

WHARTON ESHERICK, Corner cabinet | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Corner cabinet
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $16,250

WHARTON ESHERICK, Corner shelf | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Corner shelf
estimate: $15,000–20,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Goose | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Goose
estimate: $18,000–22,000
result: $60,000

WHARTON ESHERICK, Hammer Handle chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Hammer Handle chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $12,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, Hammer Handle chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Hammer Handle chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $17,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, Ash chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Ash chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, Ash chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Ash chair
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500

WHARTON ESHERICK, Desk | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Desk
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500