Rosewood Desk by Ward Bennett
Highly figured rosewood desk by Ward Bennett for Lehigh Leopold, circa 1965. This desk features a single drawer.
28.75 in.Hx78.5 in.Wx36.25 in.D
This piece is in good condition with only minor wear.
Ward Bennett (1917-2003)
Bennett was born as Howard Bernstein on November 17, 1917 in Washington Heights, Manhattan in New York City. His father, Murray Bernstein, aka Murray Bennett, was a vaudeville actor who later became a real-estate insurance broker in 1925 and later the owner of a restaurant, though he continued to act.His mother was the former Emelia "Emily" Einsheimer. He had an elder brother, Louis Bernstein (aka Erwin Bennett). They once lived at 506 Fort Washington Avenue, Apartment 4D, in Washington Heights, a neighborhood in New York City
Bennett started working in the Garment District at age 13. He became a shipping clerk at Chin Chin Crepe. Shortly thereafter he started working for Hattie Carnegie, where he reportedly designed the costumes for Gertrude Lawrence in Lady in the Dark. After visiting Europe he decided to become a designer. He studied atAcadémie de la Grande Chaumière. He studied under Constantin Brâncuși.
He moved to California and worked as a window dresser. Then, he went back to New York City. He continued to do window dressing and in the evenings studied design. Hans Hofmann taught him. He shared a studio with Louise Nevelson. Bennett lived and worked in New York, New York. He had an apartment in the Dakota Building, which he redecorated frequently. His apartment was once called "the most exciting modern apartment in New York." His home in East Hampton, is called The Springs.