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Harvey Probber Credenzas

American, 1922-2003
American, 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.

Find a collection of vintage Harvey Probber side tables, sectional sofas, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Harvey Probber
Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Storage Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful rosewood and Mahogany storage cabinet features side by side storage behind elegant sliding doors. Shelf space on one side with set of four drawers on the other, this v...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Rosewood, Mahogany

Mahogany Rosewood Harvey Probber Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pasadena, TX
Harvey Probber Fall River Mass 62" Harvey Probber Credenza Stunning credenza in a combination of rosewood and mahogany with white lacquered drawers and open shelving on lef...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Sideboard, 1960s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Raleigh, NC
A striking vintage sideboard fully restored. This piece offers shelves and drawers concealed by cane front doors, with additional storage featuring original brass pulls. In excelle...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber Mahogany Sideboard Credenza or Bar Cabinet, Newly Restored
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sideboard credenza or bar cabinet By Harvey Probber USA, 1960s Book-matched mahogany, with original brass and dark mahogany hardware. Me...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber Mahogany and Cane Front Credenza, Circa 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in Peabody, MA
Mahogany sideboard with cane door fronts by Harvey Probber, made in Fall River, Mass., ca. 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber Two-Part Cabinet or Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant two-part cabinet or credenza, designed by Harvey Probber, circa 1960s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a vitrine, display cabinet, credenza, bar, or bookshe...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Metal, Brass

Scrumptious Harvey Probber Enameled Door Credenza Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Cabinet or dresser featuring inset high-fired enamel-on-copper doors with a richly colored floral decorative motif. Dark mahogany case with brass pulls and sabots; white-lacquered in...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass, Enamel

Mid-Century Modern 5 Drawer Dresser 2 Door with Leather Brass Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Simple and elegant long mahogany dresser by Harvey Probber. Five graduated drawers with solid brass pulls on the right side. Two leather doors with solid brass strips which conceal f...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Minimalist 1960s Harvey Probber Credenza with Calacatta Marble Top
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dallas, TX
Well proportioned credenza designed by Harvey Probber with Minimalist polished solid flat bar aluminum base and rectangular block hardware. The calacatta gold marble top has a really...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Marble, Aluminum

Exquisite Mid-Century Modern Marble-Top Sideboard by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This handsome vintage modern sideboard features plenty of room for storage within its hefty drawers and large hidden compartment with a shelf. Sleek two-tone design with a sturdy Luc...
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Wood

Custom Harvey Probber Rosewood / Lacquer and Steel Bi-Fold Door Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning cabinet custom made for M&T Corporate office's,,,downtown Buffalo NY,, Wonderful book-matched rosewood,,left and right b-fold doors /shelves.. center door /four drawers.. Bl...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Steel

Harvey Probber Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Manchester, MA
This ca 1960 Harvey Probber Mahogany credenza has been refinished. Made in Massachusetts designed by one of Americas Prominent Furniture Designers of the time. The center has fou...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Rosewood and Ebonized Wood Dresser or Credenza, Newly Refinished
By Harvey Probber
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern long dresser or credenza Designed by Harvey Probber USA, 1960s Bookmatched rosewood and ebonized wood and brass hardware Measures: 76" W...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Mahogany with sliding Rosewood Door Harvey Probber Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Ferndale, MI
Large 6 foot five inch long mahogany cabinet housing two rosewood sliding doors alongside four graduated drawers. One door holds adjustable shelves second door slides open to reveal ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Magnificent Burl Harvey Probber Credenza Mid-Century Modern
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fantastic burl wood credenza by Harvey Probber. This cabinet has four drawers and two burled front sliding doors revealing two adjustable shelves.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber Midcentury Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Modern style sliding door cabinet designed by Harvey Probber with patterned front. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Walnut

Harvey Probber Rosewood and Ebonized Mahogany Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Denton, TX
Harvey Probber rosewood and ebonized mahogany twelve-drawer dresser recently restored.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Credenza or Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large scale credenza or chest, designed by Harvey Probber, American, circa 1960s. This piece is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, media center, or bar in a living area,...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Vintage Harvey Probber Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A stunning Mid-Century Modern sliding door credenza with a textured green front and four walnut drawers. The sculpted pulls and dovetailed construction show quality craftsmanship at ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Chrome

Harvey Probber Bleached Ribbon Mahogany Long Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber long, low credenza or sideboard with four ascending height drawers and pair of shelved cabinets measuring 16.5" wide x 21" high. Sleek conical brass pulls and dark mah...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Vintage Harvey Probber Dresser or Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This unique side by side storage piece by Harvey Probber features spacious drawers for storage in any room. Perfect Mid-Century Modern piece for use as a credenza or bedroom dresser....
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Wall Mounted Credenza with Inset Caned Doors, 1950s
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Wall-mounted credenza in mahogany with brass pulls and inset caned doors by Harvey Probber, American, 1950s. “Harvey Probber” label inside the top drawer on right side.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Espresso Harvey Probber Sliding Doors Compartment 12 Drawers Credenza Dresser
By Harvey Probber
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Large Espresso Harvey Probber Sliding Doors Compartment 12 Drawers Credenza Dresser MINT.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Black Lacquer Mahogany Brass Hardware and Legs 4 Drawer Chest
By Harvey Probber, Paul McCobb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern black lacquer mahogany brass hardware bachelor chest compact dresser by Harvey Probber.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Vintage Rosewood Mahogany Harvey Probber Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Pasadena, TX
Harvey Probber Fall River Mass 77" Harvey Probber credenza Rare Harvey Probber credenza in rosewood and mahogany. Rosewood doors open to white lacquered drawers and open st...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Harvey Probber Burl and Lucite Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant burl credenza with four storage drawers and two sliding doors which open to a pair of adjustable shelves and four trays. Beautifully detailed, this sleek cabinet is supported...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Burl

Harvey Probber Long Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern long credenza designed by Harvey Probber. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).  
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Wood

Harvey Probber Executive Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Hingham, MA
Harvey Probber executive credenza with four drawers, one file drawer and two open cabinets in solid walnut with mahogany edges and legs. Finished on all sides. Extremely well cared...
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1960s American Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Walnut

Harvey Probber Credenza/Chest with Carpathian Elm Doors and Base 1950s 'Signed'
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Exceptional credenza/chest of drawers in Honduran mahogany with book-matched Carpathian elm sliding doors and base, drawers with brass pulls and interior drawers lacquered in ivory w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Midcentury Harvey Probber Brazilian Rosewood and Mahogany Credenza
By Harvey Probber
Located in Southampton, NJ
An elegant case designed by Harvey Probber having Brazilian rosewood doors, pulls and Cerused mahogany case. Beautiful condition. Signed with original metal label.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Modern Credenza Designed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Modern Credenza designed by Harvey Probber, American, circa 1960's. It is a versatile size and can be used as a credenza, bar, or media cabinet in a living area, or as a chest or dre...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Credenzas

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Brass

Harvey Probber credenzas for sale on 1stDibs

The Harvey Probber credenzas are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Harvey Probber credenza collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 33 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Harvey Probber's original credenzas were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by George Nelson, Calvin and Herman Miller. Prices for Harvey Probber credenzas can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$850 and tops out at US$18,500, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,800 on average.

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