The Wharton Esherick Museum’s permanent collection numbers nearly 3,000 objects and documents the expanse of Esherick’s life and work. The collection includes not only works of art like furniture, sculpture, or prints, but also the buildings on the Museum’s campus and Esherick’s personal belongings, such as his library, clothing, art supplies, and ephemera. It also includes photography and archival materials, as well as works that Esherick acquired from members of his circle including Marjorie Content, June Groff, and Henry Varnum Poor. 

The Collection Highlights below serve as an introduction to the Wharton Esherick Museum’s holdings and are updated on a regular basis. If you’d like to learn more about the collection or individual objects, please contact Emily Zilber at [email protected].

Studio, 1926-1966
Workshop, 1956
Garage, 1928 and Outhouse, 1927
Diamond Rock Schoolhouse
large drop leaf desk with carved surface with designs of trees and bare branches
Drop Leaf Desk, 1927
wood cabinet with doors with boards laid out in a fanning design on the front
Cabinet Desk, 1958
spiral staircase with cantilevered steps
Spiral Staircase, 1930
gracefully curving three legged wood music stand
Single Music Stand, 1960
gracefully curving wooden double music stand
Double Music Stand, 1962
Library Ladder, 1969
wood sculpture of two figures embracing
Oblivion, 1934
colorful painted wood sculptures of jockeys on horseback
The Race, 1925
three legged wood stool
Carved Three Legged Stool, 1931
S-K Chair, 1957
ladderback chair with woven leather seat
Ladder-Back Chair, 1968
wood lamp with square base and bulb nested in four tall wood spires.
Table Lamp, 1932
wood chair with armrests and laced leather seat
Captain’s Chair, 1951