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Music Stand

Wharton Esherick (American, 1887–1970)
1962, design date 1951
Cherry wood
43 in. (109.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Irwin R. Berman, in memory of his father, Allan Lake Berman, 1979
Accession Number:
Not on view
Wharton Esherick, a pioneer of the Studio Craft Movement, is renowned for his furniture and architectural elements of sensitively hand-carved wood. More interested in his craft than in publicity or volume of output, Esherick preferred to work with a small number of like-minded clients. Even so, he created hundreds of unique pieces during his lifetime and only rarely produced designs in multiple numbers. The original model for this music stand was made in 1960. The design was later replicated with the help of an assistant in an edition of twenty-four, of which this is one. The donor purchased this example from the Esherick family.
Esherick family (until 1978; sold in 1978 to Berman); Dr. Irwin R. Berman, New York (1978–79; his gift to MMA)

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part III: 1950–1975," November 28, 2000–April 1, 2001, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "One of a Kind: The Studio Craft Movement," December 22, 2006–December 2, 2007, no catalogue.

Penelope Hunter-Stiebel. "The Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 37 (Winter 1979–1980), p. 48, ill.

Mansfield Bascom. Wharton Esherick: The Journey of a Creative Mind. New York, 2010, pp. 198–99, ill. (color).

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