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Dimensions: 71 3/4 x 68 1/2 x 27 in. (182.2 x 174 x 68.6 cm) overall
Signature: the taller cabinet signed and dated - W - E - - 1954 - -, the smaller cabinet signed and dated - - W - E - - - 1954 - -
Masters of Contemporary Crafts, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, February 13-April 23, 1961
Commissioned directly from the artist by Nat and Rose Rubinson
Thence by descent to the present owner
Called the “Dean of American Craft,” Wharton Esherick bridged the gap between the Arts and Crafts movement and the resurgence of interest in woodwork with the Studio Craft movement that started in the 1960s. He began his career as a painter, but by the 1920s turned to wood, first making frames and woodcuts, and later, furniture. By realizing that furniture does not need decoration and creating minimal organic shapes in hand-carved wood instead, he paved the way for much of modernism. His old studio/residence in Paoli, Pennsylvania is a National Historic Landmark for Architecture and a museum dedicated to his work.
American, 1887-1970, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania