William Westenhaver for Witco Exotic Carved Wood Sideboard, circa 1957Automaton Vintage Furnishings
This ornately crafted walnut credenza, sideboard or dresser with carved exotic details is a testament to William Westenhaver's Modern Primitive creations. Influenced by Polynesian natives sculpting their ancestral deities in to wood furnishings, Westenhaver fused his own graphic-design education and modernist artistry in to his designs.
Westenhaver joined forces with Western International Trading Company in 1957 to bring his vision of Polynesian inspired furniture to life. Witco successfully brought the "tiki-fever" found in bars and restaurants of the era, directly into the American home.
This chest of drawers is fabricated from walnut with a distinct wood grain, and embellished with furrows, scrolls, flourishes and markings of the Pop Primitivism movement. This dresser also comprises of sturdy block-like wooden pulls on the six drawers and the centrally located cabinet.
Being a fan of the movement, Elvis Presley created a "Jungle Room", dressed entirely in Witco furnishings at his Graceland Estate. If you're assembling your own "Jungle Room", enticed by the tropical trend in decor right now, or curating a design scheme that incorporates some whimsy this piece would aptly achieve those notions.
This eye-catching piece would be a great addition as part of a classic, mid-century modern or contemporary living room, den, dining room, family room, office or bedroom. It would also be an apt choice in a corporate, retail or hospitality location such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium.
Measurements: 30.75" H x 82" W x 21.5" D
Very good vintage condition. As expected, minor signs of use commensurate with its age are evident. Some signs of use and chips to the wood and finish. Ready to be used immediately or can be refinished, contact us for a quote if interested.