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monogrammed WE and dated MCMXXXIV
60½ x 72 x 33 in. (153.7 x 182.9 x 83.8 cm)
Overall in very good condition. The present sculpture is one of a pair created by Wharton Esherick for the Hedgerow Theater in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania. Jeeter and its partner Cheeter were exhibited outdoors at the Hedgerow Theater for two decades where each was regularly repainted in a series of different colors. The present teal paint coating was applied at some point after 1959, the earliest known year when Jeeter was exhibited without paint, and is consistent with the current color of its partner Cheeter in the collection of the Wharton Esherick Museum. The wood presents with irregularities and fine hairlines throughout, inherent to the wood selection and stable. The base of the sculpture with a few more pronounced hairlines and fissures to the wood, the largest measuring approximately 12 in. and stable. The wood surfaces throughout present with scattered light scratches, minor abrasions, small indentations and occasional small losses to the painted surface, consistent with age and gentle use. The wood surfaces present with some light surface soiling, scattered stains and occasional faint discolorations, not visually distracting. The torso of the horse with some slightly more pronounced brown stains, not visually distracting. A charming, rare and historically significant work by the American Studio furniture designer.
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