Wharton Esherick, 1887 – 1970 (attributed to)
Sideboard, around 1950.
Solid carved oak.
H. 69,5 cm, L. 150 cm, P. 42,5 cm.
Provenance : private collection, London.
Four drawers with folding front and two sliding interior drawers. The left-hand side of the tray is used as a dressing table (missing mirror).
Due to its style and implementation, this piece of furniture (unsigned as it sometimes is) is attributable with a high probability to Wharton Esherick.
Wharton Esherick is a woodcarver who applies the principles of his art to furniture, interior design and architecture.
His first works of the 20’s derive from the movement Arts and Crafts, then in the 30s are inspired by German expressionism and cubism. To these angular forms follow the free and curvilinear forms of the 50s and 60s.
His home and studio in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the Wharton Esherick Museum since 1972, is a masterpiece of total art, the fruit of fifty years of creation.
The influence of Esherick is still important in the USA on current artists – artisans, especially on the Studio Craft movement.
His creations have been widely exhibited during his career and many now belong to the collections of major museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum in New York and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.