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John Stuart

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, was once known as “Furniture City” for its local mass-production industry that flourished from the mid-19th century into the early 20th century, led by furniture manufacturers like John Stuart. Stuart’s eponymous company, which would build showrooms in New York and Philadelphia, designed and sold elegant reproductions of various furniture styles, including 18th-century French and English furniture as well as what we now call mid-century modern home furnishings built by European craftsmen in the entrepreneur’s Grand Rapids factory.

In 1845, a British cabinetmaker named George Widdicomb arrived in New York before moving to Grand Rapids. There he set up a small cabinet shop in 1857 with a dozen craftsmen, including his son John Widdicomb. The store quickly found success due to Widdicomb’s English training and the dearth of other quality furniture makers in the region. Toward the end of the 19th century, Grand Rapids had earned an international reputation as a leader of American furniture manufacturing, and while the Widdicomb family would navigate some difficulty after the Civil War, they emerged anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, and then the Widdicomb Furniture Company. Widdicomb’s son started his own company in 1897, the John Widdicomb Company, and in 1929, the Grand Rapids–born John Stuart joined the company as a director.

Stuart, who had been in the furniture industry since 1913, was named president of John Widdicomb Company in the early 1940s and by then had formed John Stuart, Inc., with partner Herbert M. Rothschild. John Stuart, Inc.’s offerings included oak buffets and other dining-room furnishings crafted in the Tudor and Elizabethan styles, with cabinet doors and drawer fronts characterized by meticulously carved natural-world motifs and other decorative flourishes. Stuart also oversaw the design of reproductions of sophisticated walnut and mahogany Queen Anne side tables and dining chairs, with the latter marked by pronounced, vase-shaped curves in the back splats and cabriole legs. In 1952, the manufacturer and distributor’s founder sold the business, including the right to trade under his name, to the John Widdicomb Company.

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Magnificent Rare Modern Commode by John Stuart, circa 1940 - Pair Available
By John Stuart
Located in Atlanta, GA
This majestic commode has undergone a meticulous complete restoration. The chest may be re-lacquered in another Ben Moore color in advance of shipment, if so desired. A stellar ex...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Brass

Handsome Set of Five John Stuart Walnut Dining Chairs Mid-Century Modern
By John Stuart
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Handsome set of 5 John Stuart walnut dining chairs. This well crafted set consists of 2 arm chairs and 3 side chairs. The seat seats pads h...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Upholstery, Walnut

John Stuart Vintage White Lacquered Campaign Wood Desk with X-Chrome Base
By John Stuart, West Michigan Furniture Co.
Located in North Miami, FL
This newly restored vintage John Stuart campaign 2 drawer desk and or writing desk is white lacquered over wood with chrome handles and 2 X-frame ...
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1970s American Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Ottoman by John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Elegant vintage modern foot stool features black lacquered legs. Unique walnut cross beams connect each leg adding sturdiness and style. The sleek black vinyl top is molded for comfo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Faux Leather, Walnut, Lacquer

Post modern white cane chrome 6 drawer dresser credenza
By Lane Furniture, John Stuart
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Post modern white cane chrome 6 drawer dresser credenza. White lacquer top with cream lacquer cane drawer fronts and sides. Has chrome accents behind drawers. Drawers are made of sol...
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1970s American Post-Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Chrome

Reclining Captain's Chair by Sigvard Bernadotte for France & Son
By John Stuart, France & Søn, Sigvard Bernadotte, France & Daverkosen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Who needs a throne fit for a king when you could have a chair designed by a prince instead! This iconic work of Scandinavian modern design boasts an impressive pedigree, conceived by...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern John Stuart

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Metal, Brass

Mid Century John Stuart Buffet Server / Bar Cart. Circa 1960s.
By John Stuart
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Mid Century John Stuart Buffet Server / Bar Cart. Circa 1960s. Features a quintessential sleek Mid Century Modern Design, two side cabinets, a top drawer, a expandable white...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Wood, Formica

John Stuart Casalinda Vintage Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza Triple Dresser
By John Stuart
Located in Philadelphia, PA
John Stuart Casalinda Collection for Mt Airy Furniture Vintage Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza Cabinet Triple Dresser. Item features 9 dovetailed drawers, brass pulls, nice clean ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern John Stuart

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Walnut

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John Stuart furniture 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 John Stuart furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by John Stuart 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 furniture by Paul Frankl, Planner Group, and Thomasville. Prices for John Stuart furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $350 and can go as high as $85,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,200.

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