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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.

Find a wide variety of vintage John Stuart furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$3,436
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Authentic Vintage Set of 8 John Stuart Cane Chairs
By John Stuart
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Set of 6 side chairs plus 2 matching armchairs, upholstered in black leather with a beautiful sheen and featuring airy canning. It has original stamp John Stuart, New York Grand Rapi...
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1940s American Vintage John Stuart

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Brass

Vintage Pair John Stuart Burl Wood Night Stands Chests Credenza Drawers
By John Stuart
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage pair of oversized night stands, chests, drawers, credenzas by John Stuart, burl wood. John Stuart labels are shown in picture. One cabinet has 3 drawers, the other has a shel...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Wood, Burl

Mid-Century Modern End Table by John Stuart
By John Stuart
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful vintage modern end table was designed by John Stuart. Sleek design has a round top with wood grain running in different directions. The unique ebonized frame features ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Wood

John Stuart Two-Drawer White Lacquered Campaign Wood Desk with X-Chrome Base
By West Michigan Furniture Co., John Stuart
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 bases. It was manufactured by the We...
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1970s American Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Chrome

Elegant Pair of Mid-Century Modern Teak Side Tables or Nightstands
By John Stuart, France & Søn
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Elegant matching pair of Mid-Century Modern teak side tables or nightstands by France & Son. High Quality construction Teak side tables or nightstands.Solid teak and Brass screws - b...
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Teak

John Stuart Style Rounded Lounge Chair in Custom Red Leather
By John Stuart
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
John Stuart style rounded lounge chair in custom red leather. Clean, bright frame with rich red leather upholstery and accent pillow.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Chrome

John Stuart Walnut and Aluminum Night Stand
By John Stuart, John Stuart Inc.
Located in Garnerville, NY
Signed John Stuart, Grand Rapids, MI and NY walnut and brass finished aluminum legs. Two "floating" drawers with large open bottom shelf area. Signed with white John Stuart label in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Stuart

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Aluminum

  • John Stuart Walnut and Aluminum Night Stand
  • John Stuart Walnut and Aluminum Night Stand
  • John Stuart Walnut and Aluminum Night Stand
  • John Stuart Walnut and Aluminum Night Stand
H 28 in. W 19.13 in. D 14 in.
John Stuart Chippendale Mahogany Highboy Dresser, Newly Refinished
By John Stuart
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous English Chippendale style five-drawer highboy dresser By John Stuart USA, circa 1950s Mahogany, with original brass hardware. Measures: 35" W x 20.88" D x 50.2...
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Mid-20th Century American Chippendale John Stuart

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Brass

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John Stuart Sellers

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Tom Robinson Modern
5.0
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4.9
ReMod Gallery
4.9
Refined Furnishings
4.7
Florida Regency
5.0
Modern Hill Inc.
4.6

John Stuart furniture for sale on 1stDibs

John Stuart furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our John Stuart collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 166 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by John Stuart were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture from Kipp Stewart, Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group) and Glenn of California if you are looking for additional options. John Stuart furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $500 and tops out at $52,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,800 on average.

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