Lawyer David Solinger commissioned this desk for his Park Avenue law office in 1953. Completed in 1954, it features ample storage as well as a massive cantilevered top perfectly suited for meetings or spreading out documents. 

Images Courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum

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.

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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, Exceptional Cabinet | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Exceptional Cabinet

estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $28,750
WHARTON ESHERICK, Side chair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Side chair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $5,625
WHARTON ESHERICK, Stool | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Stool

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $4,688
WHARTON ESHERICK, Side Table | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Side Table

estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $7,500
WHARTON ESHERICK, Stool | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Stool

estimate: $3,500–4,500
result: $5,313
WHARTON ESHERICK, Cabinet | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Cabinet

estimate: $7,500–9,500
WHARTON ESHERICK, Fine cabinet | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Fine cabinet

estimate: $24,000–32,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, Fine and rare armchair | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Fine and rare armchair

estimate: $5,000–7,500
result: $9,375
WHARTON ESHERICK, Louvered corner cabinet | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Louvered corner cabinet

estimate: $17,500–22,500
result: $20,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, Three-panel room divider | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Three-panel room divider

estimate: $15,000–20,000
WHARTON ESHERICK, Illustrated soft-cover book | ragoarts.com

Wharton Esherick

Illustrated soft-cover book

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $1,250
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