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John Widdicomb

American, 1845-1910

In the Widdicomb family, furniture ran in the blood. Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrated from England to the United States in 1845, eventually setting up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, New York, before moving west to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, he opened a shop with his four sons, including John Widdicomb, whose name would help carry the family legacy into the 20th century.

A wealth of pine and oak forests rendered Grand Rapids a logging center during the 1800s, and it eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The city became a destination for furniture makers who hailed from across the United States and beyond. The Widdicomb shop in Grand Rapids prospered, as the patriarch’s formal English training allowed him to produce pieces with superior craftsmanship compared to those of his competitors. Although the Civil War halted business and took the life of one of the Widdicomb brothers, the family’s survivors would start anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, soon renamed the Widdicomb Furniture Company.

John Widdicomb, however, split from the family business in 1897 to create the John Widdicomb Company, where he would go on to focus on Louis XV- and French Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in these styles have distinct characteristics, such as floral motifs carved in the frames and gently angled backrests. John's company also remained a family affair: The founder’s son, Harry, assumed control of the company when his father died in 1910, while John's nephew Ralph Widdicombe — who retained the English spelling of his last name and joined the John Widdicomb Company at its start — designed every single piece of the offerings at his uncle's manufacturing outfit until he retired in 1951. Ralph was an internationally distinguished furniture designer whose modern mahogany bedroom suite won first prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

The original iteration of Widdicomb, which was helmed by John's older brother William while John ran his own brand, had shifted from making period revival styles of furniture, such as Georgian and Chippendale, to manufacturing modern pieces in the late 1920s. Admirers of mid-century modern furnishings likely recognize Widdicomb for the partnerships with iconic designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Mario Buatta. In 1959, master woodworker George Nakashima created his Origins collection for Widdicomb when the firm merged with Mueller Furniture Corporation and was known, for around 10 years, as Widdicomb-Mueller. Origins, a revered Shaker-influenced group of nightstands, upholstered lounge chairs, dining-room tables and more, saw Nakashima working with woods like Carpathian elm and laurel in his Pennsylvania studio.

Eventually, the two Widdicomb companies would combine in 1970, operating under the name John Widdicomb Co.

In 2002, the business closed after more than a century of operations, and its assets were acquired by Stickley Furniture. Interestingly, it was not the first time Widdicomb and Stickley overlapped: In the final years of the 19th century, the companies opened a shared storehouse in London, while John Widdicomb and Albert Stickley would travel Europe together for the purposes of research.

Today, Stickley continues to produce John Widdicomb Company furniture, including French, Italian, English and Russian reproductions, as well as modern works from the first half of the 20th century.

Find vintage John Widdicomb bedroom furniture, tables, case pieces and more on 1stDibs.

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$2,633
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Vintage Mid-Century King Size Headboard by John Widdicomb Furniture
By John Widdicomb
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Exceptional traditional mid-century king size headboard by John Widdicomb Furniture. Features a painted white, green and pink finish.  
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1980s American French Provincial Vintage John Widdicomb

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Wood, Paint

John Widdicomb Mid Century Blonde Nightstand
By John Widdicomb
Located in Countryside, IL
John Widdicomb mid century blonde nightstand This nightstand measures: 18 wide x 13 deep x 26 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage co...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb

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Wood

Pair of Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Nightstands
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This beautiful pair of vintage modern end tables feature sculpted drawer pulls with brass fixtures on each side. The unique "L" shaped design sits on top of four unusual legs. This l...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb

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Brass

Mid-Century Coffee Table with Marble Insert by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage-modern coffee table featuring sculpted base and marble insert, designed by John Widdicomb. Please confirm item location NY or NJ with dealer.
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb

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Marble

Vintage Boho John Widdicomb Burl Wood Credenza
By John Widdicomb
Located in west palm beach, FL
A spectacular vintage MCM credenza. Monumental in size and drama. Made by the iconic John Widdicomb and tagged on the inside. Magnificent Burl wood cabinet with lots of great storage...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb

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Wood

Lovely Widdicomb Walnut & Cane Single Drawer End Table Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely Widdicomb walnut and cane two-tier, single-drawer end table. Sleek and simple design with a floating drawer cabinet with a banded bordered top. The lower tier is caned and in ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb

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Cane, Walnut

Handsome Widdicomb Two-Tier Walnut and Cane Side Table Mid-Century
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern end table with floating top and caning by John Widdicomb. This handsome occasional table features a rectangular top floating over a base with taper...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb

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Cane, Walnut

John Widdicomb Coffee Table
By John Widdicomb
Located in Los Angeles, CA
John Widdicomb walnut coffee table.
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1960s Vintage John Widdicomb

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Walnut, Glass

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H 16 in. W 39.49 in. D 39.500 in.
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John Widdicomb furniture for sale on 1stDibs

John Widdicomb furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our John Widdicomb collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 223 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by John Widdicomb were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Kipp Stewart and John Stuart, if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for John Widdicomb furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $450 and tops out at $26,000, while pieces like these can sell for $2,965.

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