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Wharton Esherick

"Hammer Handle" Chair

Wharton Esherick

Wharton Esherick

"Hammer Handle" Chair

"Hammer Handle" Chair

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Wharton Esherick

"Hammer Handle" Chair


circa 1930s

hickory, original woven leather

30½ x 19½ x 18½ in. (77.5 x 49.5 x 47 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The wood surfaces have recently been sensitively reconditioned by a professional wood conservator to restore the beautiful original finish of the piece. The eponymous hammer handles display slight looseness at the connection joints but remain stable in place. The wood surfaces throughout present with scattered light scratches, minor abrasions and small indentations particularly concentrated to the edges and legs as consistent with age and gentle use. The front and reverse of the back splat present with a few fine hairline cracks to the wood, the largest measuring approximately 13 in. long, all stable and not visually distracting. The chair retains its original woven leather which presents with age-appropriate wear throughout, including creasing, fraying, discolorations and scattered abrasions consistent with use and the natural evolution of the medium. The seat presents with a few fine breakages and associated losses to the woven leather, stable and not visually distracting.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby’s is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Private Collection
Thence by descent
Rago Auctions, Lambertville, New Jersey, October 27, 2013, lot 999
Acquired from the above by the present owner
The Wharton Esherick Museum Studio and Collection, Paoli, PA, 1984, p. 12
Michael A. Stone, Contemporary American Woodworkers, Salt Lake City, 1986, p. 15 (for a related example)
Wharton Esherick 1887-1970: American Woodworker, exh. cat., Moderne Gallery, Philadelphia, 1996, pp. 8 (for a period photograph of the model exhibited at Armstrong Cork Company, 1962) and 15
Ray Hemachandra, 500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs, Asheville, NC, 2008, p. 87
Paul Eisenhauer and Lynne Farrington, eds., Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern, exh. cat., University of Pennsylvania, Atglen, PA, 2010, pp. 33 and 158-159
Leslie Williamson, Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Mid-Century Designers, New York, 2010, p. 17
Mansfield Bascom, Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind, New York, 2010, pp. 162-163 and 263