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Photo Credit: Ed Watkins, 2007

Wharton Esherick (United States, 1887–1970)

"Hammer Handle" Chair
Date: c. 1950
30 3/4 x 20 x 19 1/2 in. (78.1 x 50.8 x 49.5 cm)
Medium: Hickory with rawhide seats
Credit Line: Museum of Arts and Design, New York; gift of Nanette L. Laitman, 2000
Object number: 2000.12
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DescriptionTwo chairs with wooden frames, made from wood initially made as commercial hammer handles, and rawhide seats. Each simple chair back is formed from a single horizontal broad piece of wood, supported by two thin spindles attached to the legs. The seat consists of four legs, each connected by an additional horizontal piece. None of the frame pieces sit at right angles to each other. The legs, stretchers, and stiles are smooth yet have uneven diameters, because they are hammer handles.
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