Harvey Probber Furniture

Harvey Probber (USA, 1922–2003)

A popular designer who had his heyday from the late 1940s into the 1970s, Harvey Probber is one of the post-war American creative spirits whose work has been recently rediscovered by collectors. His designs are by-and-large simple and elegant, but his signal achievement was to pioneer one of the key innovations of mid-20th century furniture: sectional, or modular, seating.

     Even as a teenager, the Brooklyn-born Probber was making sketches of furniture designs — and selling them to Manhattan furniture companies. He began working as a designer for an upholsterer once he finished high school and, apart from a few evening classes he took as an adult at the Pratt Institute, he was self-taught about design and furniture making. After wartime service — and a stint as a lounge singer — Probber founded his own company in the late 1940s. A lifelong familiarity with the needs of New York–apartment dwellers doubtless sparked his most noteworthy creation: a line of seating pieces in basic geometric shapes — wedges, squares, half-circles — that could be arranged and combined as needed. Modular furniture remained the core idea of Probber’s business throughout his career.

     As a self-trained designer, Probber was never wed to any particular aesthetic. He preferred simple lines for their inherent practicality, but often used hardware to enliven the look of his pieces, or added elements — such as a ceramic insert in the center of a round dining table — that was visually interesting and could serve as a trivet. He gravitated toward bright fabrics with attractive, touchable textures that might be satin-like or nubbly. Above all, Probber insisted that the products that came out of his Fall River, Massachusetts, factory be built to last. “The quality of aging gracefully,” Probber once told an interviewer, is “design's fourth dimension.” This quality he realized: Probber furniture is just as useful and alluring now as it was when made — and maybe even more stylish.

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Harvey Probber Rosewood Bar Cabinet
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Ebony, Rosewood
Rosewood decagon bar table by Harvey Probber with drawer and shelf inside the door. Ebony pulls and base. Label at the drawer.  
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Pair of Milo Baughman Large-Scale Chrome Flat Bar ...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Chrome, Upholstery
Outstanding pair of Milo Baughman newly upholstered chrome flat bar lounge chairs. ‘Wow!’ is what you will say when you see this magnificent pair of wide seat chairs.
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Pair of Sculptural Arch Back Chairs Designed by Ha...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Walnut
Pair of sculptural arch back chairs designed by Harvey Probber, American, circa 1960s. These chairs are currently being reupholstered and refinished. The price noted below includes refi...
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Games Table by Harvey Probber
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Vintage 1950s Canadian Mid-Century Modern Game Tables
Brass, Wood
A good looking game table typical of the era it is slightly lower measuring 25" high. This was common since it promotes a relaxed posture and promotes lounging. The table has a whitewas...
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Harvey Probber Sofa Newly Upholstered in Holly Hun...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Brass, Down, Foam, Wood, Wool
Harvey Probber, during a career that spanned over 40 years, launched many ideas now taken for granted; however, his reputation rests primarily on the elegant residential furniture he de...
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Pair of Harvey Probber 'Fraschini' Swivel Chairs i...
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Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Stainless Steel, Wood
A pair of Harvey Probber swivel chairs, model #3451, with a wonderfully spare form and sleek, stainless steel bases that swivel a smooth 360 degrees. Known as the 'Fraschini' chair and ...
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Harvey Probber Sofa Newly Upholsterd in Paul Smith...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Fabric, Lucite, Upholstery, Wood, Wool
Harvey Probber was a modernist and his designs were Classic modern, but never minimal. His designs were modern; however, his use of materials such as brass, stone, high gloss lacquer, r...
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Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany Woven Front Dress...
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Mahogany
Mid-Century Classic dresser in a bleached/white washed mahogany finish with four ample center drawers and two side compartments concealed by sliding doors featuring woven strips and bra...
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Harvey Probber Chest Nightstand
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Harvey Probber Chest Nightstand
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany, Teak
This is a beautiful miniature cabinet by Harvey Probber. It would serve perfectly as a nightstand or an end table. The chest consists of a solid mahogany frame finished in espresso lacq...
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Pair of Large Lacquered Dressers with Leather Door...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Lacquer, Leather
Pair of Large Lacquered Dressers with Leather Doors by Harvey Probber, 1965. These pieces have been completely restored. We offer free regular deliveries to NYC and Philadelphia area...
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Harvey Probber Walnut Game or Cocktail Table
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Coffee table by Harvey Probber, circa 1960s. Solid walnut. We can shorten the legs to coffee table height if you would like to use it as a cocktail table. This table would typically hav...
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Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa
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Harvey Probber Sectional Sofa
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Vintage 1950s American Sectional Sofas
Mahogany, Upholstery
Rare two-piece sectional sofa by Harvey Probber with corner table. Sofa measures 33" D x 30" H x 112" W x 155" W. This sofa has the original upholstery but is waiting for your new fabri...
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Freestanding Harvey Probber Sectional with Table a...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Brass, Mahogany, Textile
This enormous Harvey Probber two-piece sectional sofa with custom integrated console and corner table has been extremely well preserved and was acquired from the original owners. The se...
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Modern Slipper/Lounge Chair by Harvey Probber
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Vintage 1960s American Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Leather, Steel
Bright polished steel frame. Fine leather upholstery. Slim, light, cantilevered silhouette. Handsome and comfortable.
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Harvey Probber Square Cocktail Table
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Harvey Probber Square Cocktail Table
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Aluminum, Glass, Wood
Sleek and simplistic glass and aluminum square cocktail table by Harvey Probber. Four square polished oak legs support a 1/2" think glass top. The side rails are aluminum and give this ...
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Pair of Probber Tables
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Pair of Probber Tables
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Marble, Walnut
Matched pair of six-sided stone top, wood base tables. Excellent original condition, chic and stylish. Top 1.5" thick.
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Harvey Probber Chocolate Brown Leather 'Cubo' Sect...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sectional Sofas
Leather
Eight sections of Harvey Probber designed 'CUBO' modular seating. Set includes five seating units and three ottomans. The sectional is easily positioned into a number of interesting con...
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Harvey Probber Display Table
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Harvey Probber Display Table
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Vintage 1950s American Console Tables
Mahogany, Brass
Early Harvey Probber two-tier mahogany display table. The perfect size to use as a media or wall console. Would also be a wonderful piece to free stand in a room or to use as a sofa tab...
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Gray Window Pane Harvey Probber Cube Sectional Sof...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Sectional Sofas
Steel, Chrome, Foam, Upholstery
Cube sectional sofa designed by Harvey Probber. Measurements are per piece. Five sections comprised of, two straight, three corners. Seat height 15.5".
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Harvey Probber Daybed
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Harvey Probber Daybed
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Wood, Metal, Upholstery
Sofa or daybed designed by Harvey Probber. Seat height 17.5", seat depth 22.5", extends forward 30.5".  
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Harvey Probber Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Weinberg Modern
Harvey Probber Lounge Chair with Ottoman
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Mahogany
High-back lounge chair (model #468) with bleached mahogany legs and cross-stretchers; along with the corresponding ottoman (model #468A). Designed and produced by Harvey Probber, c. 195...
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12 Dining Chairs by Harvey Probber for Directiona...
Directional, Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
A hard to find set of 12 dining chairs by Harvey Probber for Directional consisting of ten side chairs - measuring (32" high x 19" wide x 23" deep & 19" high to seat) and two armchairs ...
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Harvey Probber Party Sofa
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Harvey Probber Party Sofa
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Long and sexy Harvey Probber party sofa. This sofa is extremely well constructed with hardwood frame, attached seat cushion and wrap seating on one end. This is a very comfortable examp...
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Harvey Probber Bar Cart
Modern Drama
Harvey Probber Bar Cart
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Carts
Wood, Brass, Vitrolite
Server trolley designed by Harvey Probber. Fully restored mahogany case with white vitrolite glass top.
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Two-Piece Bar Cabinet by Harvey Probber
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Two-Piece Bar Cabinet by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dry Bars
Brass, Laminate, Mahogany
This mahogany and brass bar cabinet by Harvey Probber provides ample storage. The top of the cabinet hinges open to reveal a small laminate drawer and serving space. The lower cabinet h...
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Hexagonal Terrazzo with Brass Inlaid Side Table by...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Side Tables
Terrazzo, Wood
Elegant side table with terrazzo and brass inlaid hexagonal top, supported by three mahogany bent legs.
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Cerused Harvey Probber "Nucleus" Coffee Table, 195...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Oak
Exquisitely refinished Harvey Probber "Nucleus" coffee or cocktail table in mahogany, circa 1950s. Impeccable condition.
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Rare Pair of Signed Harvey Probber Cube Lounge Cha...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Outstanding and rare signed Harvey Probber pair of cube lounge chairs. This unusual pair rests on two chunky walnut legs that extend up the back-very handsome! These chairs retains thei...
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Rare Harvey Probber Walnut Credenza
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Rare Harvey Probber Walnut Credenza
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Chrome, Walnut
Rare and signed Harvey Probber credenza/dresser executed in walnut with architectural chromed legs and door pulls.
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Harvey Probber Triangular Table
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Harvey Probber Triangular Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Console Tables
Harvey Probber triangular table refinished in black lacquer.
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Pair of Slipper Chairs by Harvey Probber
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Brass, Velvet, Walnut
Rare pair of lounge chairs designed by Harvey Probber for Probber Inc. Newly upholstered in navy blue velvet, walnut base newly refinished in natural. This pair features a very cool sol...
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Harvey Probber "Flat Bar" Lounge Chair
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Harvey Probber "Flat Bar" Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Chrome, Steel, Suede, Upholstery
Great-looking armchair by Harvey Probber with chrome-plated steel frame and original burnt-orange suede upholstery. Very well-made, solid chair.
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Harvey Probber Caned Lounge Chair
Azalea Modern
Harvey Probber Caned Lounge Chair
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Harvey Probber caned lounge chair.
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Harvey Probber King-Size Headboard
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Harvey Probber King-Size Headboard
Harvey Probber
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Very nice solid walnut mid-century modern king-size headboard by Harvey Probber.
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Walnut and Ebonized Console
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Walnut and Ebonized Console
Harvey Probber, John Stuart
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
Metal, Walnut
Beautiful console table with inlaid diamond patterned top in walnut. The base is ebonized with brass sabots and risers.
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Harvey Probber Mayan Sofa
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Harvey Probber Mayan Sofa
Harvey Probber
Late 20th Century American Sofas
Harvey Probber Mayan sofa, mohair.
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Mahogany Coffee Table by Harvey Probber
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Mahogany Coffee Table by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Brass, Mahogany
Solid mahogany rectangular coffee table, with two offset drawers having brass pulls, raised on four brass legs. Finished on all four sides. By Harvey Probber, American, 1950s. Measures:...
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Harvey Probber Four-Drawer Nightstand and Commode
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Mid-20th Century Night Stands
Brass, Marble, Walnut, Wood
This nightstand and commode by designer Harvey Probber, comes in warm toned walnut against an ebonized frame, raised on legs with square brass sabots, with four exterior drawers; a whit...
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Harvey Probber "Nucleus" Cocktail Table, 1952
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Harvey Probber "Nucleus" coffee or cocktail table in mahogany, circa 1952. Newly refinished and in impeccable condition.
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Early Wingback Lounge Chairs by Harvey Probber
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Leather, Walnut
Pair of wingback lounge chairs newly upholstered in natural leather, designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1940s. Walnut legs newly refinished.
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Stylish Set of Three Harvey Probber Stool Bench,Mi...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Stools
Upholstery, Mahogany
Stylish set of three Harvey Probber stools with original fabric. The dark finish is also original and shows only light wear.
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Rosewood Decagon Dry Bar Cabinet by Harvey Probber...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Rosewood
A ten-sided rosewood dry bar cabinet or lamp table with solid rosewood trapezoidal pulls. One drawer over door compartment and round wood plinth. Door incorporates two galleries for sto...
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Harvey Probber Chaise
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Harvey Probber Chaise
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chaise Longues
Rarely seen Probber chaise on a brass base. Recently reupholstered. Some wear to lacquer to base.
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Harvey Probber Three-Door Rosewood Credenza or Dre...
Harvey Probber
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Brass, Rosewood, Walnut
Very beautiful and super useful Harvey Probber cabinet with 12 interior drawers. Originally designed for bedroom use, this multifunctional cabinet would be great in a dining room or liv...
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Substantial Rosewood and Chrome Coffee Table by Ha...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Chrome, Rosewood
Substantial rosewood and chrome coffee table by Harvey Probber, 1960s. The grain and color on the top are stunning. This piece has been fully restored. In typical Harvey Probber fashion...
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Dark Mahogany Headboard with Reading Lights and Ar...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Mahogany
Dark mahogany headboard with reading lights and armrest by Harvey Probber, 1965. Telescopic reading lights and armrest are hidden in panels that fold up for storage. We offer free re...
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Full or Queen-Size Headboard with Gothic Arch Deta...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Lacquer, Wood
White lacquered headboard with Gothic arch detail by Harvey Probber, 1965. Headboard is wide enough for a 60" queen-sized mattress but was used for a full-sized mattress. Condition is e...
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Large Two-Piece Floating Mahogany Buffet by Harvey...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Buffets
Brass, Glass, Mahogany
Large two-piece floating mahogany buffet by Harvey Probber Studio, 1965. Total length of 130 inches. Excellent condition. Felt lined silver drawer, spun brass pulls and lots of storage....
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Custom Ribbon Mahogany and Rosewood Dresser Set by...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Rosewood, Brass, Mahogany
Absolutely gorgeous and rare pair of ribbon mahogany and bleached rosewood dressers or credenzas by Harvey Probber Studio, 1965. The handles are brass with a bleached rosewood detail. T...
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Set of Six Sculptural Mahogany "Otter" Dining Chai...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Rosewood, Walnut, Cane, Mahogany
Set of six sculptural mahogany "Otter" dining chairs by Harvey Probber, 1965. These chairs are simply gorgeous. The rich dark mahogany finish just glows. Quality is exceptional. They ar...
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Bleached Rosewood and Mahogany Dinette Table by Ha...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables
Mahogany, Rosewood
Bleached rosewood and mahogany dinette table by Harvey Probber, 1965. This piece has been fully restored. The top is in a gorgeous bleached rosewood finish. The base is a dark ebonized ...
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Octagonal Terrazzo Top Probber Table
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Octagonal Terrazzo Top Probber Table
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1950s North American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Marble, Wood
Octagonal terrazzo top Harvey Probber design end table. Very good original condition. Top 1.5" thick.
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Pair of Harvey Probber Cube Chairs
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Pair of Harvey Probber Cube Chairs
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Stainless Steel, Walnut
Pair of Harvey Probber chairs in walnut. Architectural series, model #248. USA, circa 1960. Walnut, polished stainless steel, newly upholstered cushions/original down lining.
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Pair of Bedside Tables by Harvey Probber
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Cube forms with upper drawer and lower storage enclosed by hinged door. Dark-stained mahogany with periwinkle inset drawer pull and interior details. An unusual design with great storag...
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Rare Harvey Probber Black Mid-Century Sideboard
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Super sleek long credenza designed by Harvey Probber with accenting polished metal hardware. Two side cabinets and four wide drawers. Makes a great focal point in your office or living ...
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Pair of Mid-Century Tufted Leather Chairs by Harve...
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Vintage pair of comfortable armchairs designed by Harvey Probber. Tufted leather cushions and bent tubular chrome legs. Attractive age and patina to leather. (Please confirm item loc...
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Harvey Probber Gentleman's Chest in Ebonized Wood ...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers...
Brass, Walnut, Wood
A gentlemans chest of drawers by designer Harvey Probber, in warm toned walnut against an ebonized wood frame, standing on square legs with brass sabots; four-panel folding doors with r...
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Harvey Probber Architectural Series Sofa
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Sofas
Leather, Stainless Steel, Walnut
Architectural series sofa in walnut, stainless steel and leather by Harvey Probber. Professionally restored, however, the original leather remains as it is in very good condition with a...
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Pair of Harvey Probber Dressers in Ebonized Wood a...
Harvey Probber
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
This pair of dressers by designer Harvey Probber, come in warm toned walnut against ebonized frames, raised on legs with square brass sabots, including four drawers, each with rectangul...
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Harvey Probber Mahogany and Cane Cabinet
Modest Designs
Harvey Probber Mahogany and Cane Cabinet
Harvey Probber
Vintage 1960s American Cabinets
Small sideboard with two cane-fronted sliding doors hiding a bank of three lacquered drawers on one side, and an adjustable shelf on the other. Wonderful small dry bar, media cabinet, o...
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