Property of a Florida Gentleman
Wharton Esherick (American 1887-1970)
Sheet Music Stand, 1962
Signed and dated, incised “W.E. 1962”
H. 44 in.; W. 17.5 in.
Wharton Esherick was a pioneer of the Studio Craft Movement. He is famous for his sensitively crafted hand carved furniture, which exudes a sensuous fluidity. The original model for this music stand was produced in 1951 for a cellist friend, and it is said that Esherick thoughtfully included a shelf to hold her drink. The design was later replicated with the help of a studio assistant. Twenty- four were produced, of which this is one.
The form remains the most iconic and sought-after of Esherick’s works.
Literature: For another example, see E. Cooke, Jr., G. Ward and K.H. L’Ecuyer, The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990, Boston, 2003, p. 24
See M. Bascom. Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind, New York, 2010, pp. 199 and 261 for an image of a music stand of this design.
An almost identical example is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Provenance: A Philadelphia Teacher/Artist who moved to Jacksonville Florida in the mid 1980's, to the present owner, 2013.