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Harvey Probber Dressers

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 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 the simple lines now associated with mid-century modernism 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 sofas, case goods and other 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
Harvey Probber Dresser, Credenza or Sideboard, c 1960, Refinished, Signed
By Harvey Probber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This classy and sophisticated dresser, which would also work great as a sideboard or credenza, was crafted by Harvey Probber, circa 1960, just completed restoration, and is signed wi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Wood

Mid-century Modern Harvey Probber Dresser in Bleached Mahogany, Cane Doors
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-century Modern Harvey Probber Dresser in Bleached Mahogany, Cane Doors Offered for sale is a Mid-Century Modern elegant Harvey Probber dresser in bleached mahogany with woven c...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Cane, Mahogany

Harvey Probber Mahogany and Brass Credenza Storage Cabinet
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 Dressers

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Brass

Pair of Rosewood and Mahogany Chests by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Pair of tailored chests designed by Harvey Probber, having rosewood drawer fronts, tops and sides with dark mahogany trim, and legs, with brass feet. Both are in good, original condition, showing some cosmetic signs of age and use. Each dresser has three drawers, each drawer front is 7.75 inch H. Originally designed as dressers, these would also function well as large night tables...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Small Mahogany Cabinet with Cane Doors by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Designed by Harvey Probber, this small midcentury cabinet features a mahogany case on a plinth base. Cane-front sliding doors conceal, on the left, three deep drawers with white lacq...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Cane, Mahogany, Lacquer

Rosewood and Mahogany Triple Dresser by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Miami, FL
Stunning Harvey Probber large dresser or cabinet. The triple dresser features a mahogany case with contrasting Brazilian rosewood sliding doors and sculpted handles. The doors open t...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Mahogany, Rosewood

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....
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Wood

Harvey Probber Chest of Drawers
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern chest of drawers by Harvey Probber. Harvey Probber chest of drawers in bleached mahogany with four drawers brass sabots to the feet. Inside two top drawers have wh...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Wood, Mahogany

Mid-Century Modern Chest of Drawers Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in New York, NY
Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Chest of drawers. Low chest of drawers by Harvey Probber in bleached mahogany with three drawers set on plinth base. Top two drawers have white lami...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Mahogany

Mid-Century Dresser Designed by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Handsome Mid-Century Modern highboy dresser designed by Harvey Probber. Dark mahogany exterior throughout. The cabinet doors show an interesting woven pattern with vertical brass acc...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Brass

Harvey Probber Olive Ash Burl, Rosewood and Mahogany Gentleman's Chest
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
This sleek clean lined Harvey Probber gentleman's bureau features burl wood doors with recessed rosewood pulls. The doors slide to reveal three cork lined trays and four shirt drawer...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Burl, Cork, Lacquer, Mahogany, Rosewood

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 Dressers

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Espresso Mahogany Sliding Doors 10 Drawers Gentlemen's Chest Mint
By Harvey Probber
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Harvey Probber Espresso mahogany sliding doors 11 drawers gentlemen's chest highboy dresser mint Cork lined drawers.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Mahogany

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leather Tall Cabinet
By Harvey Probber
Located in Chicago, IL
Harvey Probber bleached mahogany tall dresser or gentleman's chest, with ivory leather-clad sliding doors that feature brass flat bar appointments. Behind the doors there are four dr...
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1950s American Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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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 Dressers

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Mahogany, Rosewood

Ebonized Mahogany and Brass Chest or Nightstand by Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Dorchester, MA
Harvey Probber designed this clean-lined mid-century modern nightstand with proportions that allow for its use as side table or chest. The case of ebonized mahogany features a wide b...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harvey Probber Dressers

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Brass

Mid-Century Nine Drawer Dresser signed Harvey Probber
By Harvey Probber
Located in Trenton, NJ
The stylish vintage elegance of this 1950s bedroom dresser from Harvey Probber features clean mid-century modern design, carved wood handles, and quality manufacture. Perfect nine drawer bedroom storage makes a striking vintage modern dresser...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harvey Probber Dressers

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Harvey Probber dressers for sale on 1stDibs.

Harvey Probber dressers are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Harvey Probber dressers, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dressers by Harvey Probber were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider dressers by Founders Furniture Company, Conant Ball, and Broyhill Brasilia. Prices for Harvey Probber dressers can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,820 and can go as high as $12,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,900.

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