At the Morgantown Fire hall in Morgantown, Pennsylvania on October 15, 2005, a record price for a signed “Wharton Esherick” Stool brought an amazing $5,500 which included the 10% Buyers Premium. A large crowd of bidders was present that day for the Smith Auction Company Estate Sale that featured a signed Esherick Stool, which was signed on the bottom of the seat “W. E . 65” Lots of research conducted by Annette Smith of the Auction Company Proved that we had discovered a specially made high quality stool that was indeed made by the artist Wharton Esherick who was a painter ,sculptor ,woodworker who’s artistic talents, and who’s museum in his honor is presently located in Paoli, Pennsylvania. The director of the Wharton Esherick Museum said he believes that the auction price for the Esherick Stool is a record. Along with the Wharton stool, the auction had many Henry J. Soulen Paintings and works of art that were successfully marketed that day and brought prices in the range of from $1,000 to $5,000 each. Henry Soulen was an artist and illustrator from Charlestown Township here in Chester County who lived there from 1917 until his death in 1965. During his career, he created approximately 2000 paintings which appeared as covers and illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Dilineator, Country Gentleman, National Geographic, and many other magazines in major advertising accounts. His exhibits are included in the Grand Central Galleries, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Milwaukee Museum, along with many others.
The auction ran from 10am till about 4pm in the afternoon and was full of many other lovely antiques and collectibles including a Sterling Silver collection, Musical Instruments including an AD4 Gibson Mandolin that brought $1,650, a Large and Diversified Personally Dug Collection of Arrowheads out of the Charlestown Township area, a Very Early Weather Vane, Quilts, China, Glassware, etc.