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“Wagon Wheel” Side Chair
Wharton Esherick, 1932
Hickory wood, Leather
17" W x 19" D x 38" H

Wharton Esherick (1887–1970) is highly regarded as the “Dean of American Craftsman” for his prolific career as a sculptor of wood who influenced generations of woodworkers and brought craft back to the forefront of the arts. He is also regarded as the father of American Modernism, for he eschewed embellishment in favor of pure form in his own work. Esherick’s studio in Malvern, PA is now a museum and national historic landmark. This armless side chair is part of his Wagon Wheel series, where Esherick used repurposed wagon wheels for portions of the wood frame. RE