Bench (from the Helene Koerting Fischer home)

A work made of padauk.

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Date:

1938

Artist:

Wharton Esherick
American, 1887–1970

About this artwork

A pioneer of the American studio furniture movement, Wharton Esherick began his artistic career as a painter, but he was most prolific in the realm of woodwork, creating sculpture, furniture, and architecture. This bench was made for the home of Philadelphia businesswoman Helene Koerting Fischer as a hall bench that also housed the family’s growing record collection (cleverly placed within the drawers below the seat). It is a monumental work that is at once expressive and sculptural, gesturing toward Esherick’s desire to seamlessly join sculpture and furniture in a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind artwork that also reveals an interest in Expressionism.

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American Art

Artist

Wharton Esherick

Title

Bench (from the Helene Koerting Fischer home)

Origin

United States

Date

1938

Medium

Padauk

Dimensions

97 × 240 × 68 cm (38 1/4 × 94 1/2 × 26 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior purchase of the George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

2011.229

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