(1887-1970) Philadelphia-born Wharton Esherick is best known for his sculpture and furniture. Recognized as the “dean of American craftsmen,” Esherick is best known for his sculptural furniture and furnishings. He studied painting at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Arts and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and became acquainted with wood when he began carving frames for his paintings. Esherick’s work can be seen at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where the fireplace and music room doors from the Curtis Bok house are on display. Stairs from the house are on display at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami. His home studio in Valley Forge is also open to the public. His work is also in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Whitney Museum and elsewhere.
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