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John Widdicomb Seating

John Widdicomb (UNITED STATES, 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 (1845–1910), 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 Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in this style 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.

At 1stDibs, shop tables, case pieces and other furniture made by John Widdicomb Company.

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Midcentury Parsons Sofa by John Widdicomb in Original Cognac Leather and Down
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Framingham, MA
Rare and stunning Parsons style sofa by John Widdicomb. Built to stand the test of time, Widdicomb spared no expense on materials and craftsmanship. Goose down filled cushions, all o...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Brass

6 John Widdicomb Walnut French Louis XV Provincial Cane Back Dining Chair Vtg
By John Widdicomb
Located in Dayton, OH
John Widdicomb dining chairs, Circa 1980s. Made from walnut with a cane back and floral upholstered seat over cabriole legs. Arm chairs feature a fully upholstered back. Draws inspir...
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1980s Louis XV Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Vintage John Widdicomb Walnut French Country Provincial Loveseat Settee Sofa
By John Widdicomb
Located in Dayton, OH
Circa 1980s John Widdicomb loveseat. Made from walnut with scrolled and flared arms over shell carved cabriole legs. Features a floral fabric with goose down and feather pillow by Be...
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1980s French Provincial Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Walnut, Upholstery

Pair of Widdicomb Settees
By John Widdicomb, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of Widdicomb settees, reupholstered with great plains cotton with down seats and back on walnut bases.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Set of Eight Dining Chairs, 1952
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
Set of eight walnut spindle back dining chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1952. Consisting of 2 armchairs, and 6 side chairs. The chairs are in excellent c...
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Mid-20th Century North American John Widdicomb Seating

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Fabric, Walnut

John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Sculpted Walnut Dining Chairs, Refinished
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of six Mid-Century Modern dining chairs In the manner of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1950s Sculpted walnut, with original light blu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Model 2024 Lounge Chair w. Whimsical Upholstery
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hudson, NY
Lovely and comfortable Robsjohn Gibbings lounge chair. This is the "French Lounge" chair Model 2024. Perfect as a single due to the sculptural lines and unique choice of whimsical fa...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Walnut

John Widdicomb French Regency Walnut and Cane Dining Chairs, Set of Six
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous set of six French Regency style dining chairs By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1970s Carved walnut, with floral upholstered seats and caned oval backs. Measures: 2...
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1970s American Regency Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Cane, Walnut

John Widdicomb Os de Mouton Benches
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pasadena, TX
John Widdicomb Os de Mouton Louis XIV Benches. Measure: 3ft. Features cabriole legs with stretchers, painted in a satin white finish. Original manufacturers tag still attached, see...
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1970s American Louis XIV Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern wood lounge chair and ottoman set in matching textile upholstery, made in circa 1955. In great vintage condition with age-appr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Textile, Upholstery, Wood

Six J. Stuart Clingman Dining Chairs by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Chicago, IL
From Clingman's Mid-Century Modern group, set of six walnut dining chairs with curved and spindle backs. Slightly raised centre top rail with delicate side stretchers and squared cap...
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1950s American Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Silk, Upholstery, Walnut

Pair of Leather Benches Designed by Jacques Grange for John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb, Jacques Grange
Located in Stamford, CT
Leather and mahogany benches designed Jacques Grange for John Widdicomb.
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Late 20th Century American Modern John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Mahogany

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut Armchair
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New London, CT
Classic midcentury armchair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Newly refinished and reupholstered in a contemporary, burnt-orange textured fabric.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Walnut

Pair of John Widdicomb Louis XVI Style Armchairs
By John Widdicomb
Located in Swedesboro, NJ
Pair of John Widdicomb Louis XVI style armchairs with textured upholstery.
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20th Century American Louis XVI John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

John Widdicomb Caned Back Lounge Chair
By John Widdicomb
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and chic barrel back lounge chair by John Widdicomb. Solid wood frame, with caned sides and backrest, leather upholstered seat. This chair is in clean, original and ready to ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

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Leather, Cane, Wood

Set of Six John Widdicomb Caned Back Dining Chairs
By John Widdicomb
Located in Hingham, MA
Set of six walnut dining chairs by John Widdicomb, circa 1960. The four side chairs have woven radio cane backs. The two arm chairs have upholstered backs which match the seats. See ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Cane, Walnut

6 Italian Regency French Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
6 Italian Regency French Louis XVI style dining chairs by John Widdicomb. Listing includes (2) armchairs, (4) side chairs, solid wood construction, distressed finish, nicely carved d...
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20th Century Italian Regency John Widdicomb Seating

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Fabric, Wood

Chic Hand Painted John Widdicomb Neoclassical Style Accent Side Chair
By John Widdicomb
Located in Hopewell, NJ
A very stylish hand painted accent chair having gold yellow background and black neoclassical style beaked eagles and decoration finished off with a stunning black ruched upholstered...
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1980s American Neoclassical Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Wood

Slipper Chair by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A wonderful Robsjohn-Gibbings armchair with carved teak frame and a tufted eggshell white seat for Widdicomb.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Teak

Set of Six Dining Chairs by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by John Widdicomb, this set of six dining chairs features solid mahogany frames with tapered backs and slender legs. The seats are upholstered in a rich moss green. Orig...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Eight Modern Chairs Widdicomb Teak Frame T. H. Robsjohn & Gibbings
By John Widdicomb
Located in Toledo, OH
Eight teak frame upholstered dining chairs by Widdicomb designed by T.H. Rbsjohn & Gibbings. Seven upholstered alike one accent chair.
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Late 20th Century North American Modern John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Teak

Large Square Deep Bronze Velvet Upholstery Tufted Upholstery Ottoman Footstool
By Harvey Probber, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern bronze upholstery tufted stool ottoman by Widdicomb. Ball casters well built construction frame high quality upholstery.  
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

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Velvet

New Upholstery John Widdicomb Mid Century Modern Loveseat Couch
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
New basket weave fabric upholstery Widdicomb sofa love seat slipper chair booth sofa. Black lacquer hardwood frame.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Hardwood, Upholstery

Fabulous Asian Modern Widdicomb Dining Chairs Jack Lenor Larsen Blue Velvet
By John Widdicomb, Jack Lenor Larsen
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Fabulous Asian modern set of six dining chairs by Widdicomb, two armchairs and four side chairs. We love the original Jack Lenor Larsen fabric but it does show wear-one has a small p...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

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Upholstery, Mahogany

Set of Eight Newly Upholstered Dining Chairs by John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice set of eight 8 dining room chairs by John Widdicomb.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Walnut

John Widdicomb Hollywood Regency French Style Cane Back Dining Chairs Set of Six
By John Widdicomb
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Set of six walnut John Widdicomb Hollywood Regency French style cane back dining chairs. Set features open carved top rails, quality American craftsmanship, cane backs, and sleek tap...
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Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency John Widdicomb Seating

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Cane, Walnut

Set of Six Mid-Century Modern Walnut Dining Chairs by Widdicomb in Ponti Style
By Gio Ponti, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Set of very nice Mid-Century Modern design chairs in style of Gio Ponti. Italian modern influenced style made by Widdicomb.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Walnut

Romantic Vanity Bench in the French or Italian Style
By John Widdicomb
Located in New York, NY
Decorative and romantic vanity bench, probably American manufacture, in the Continental style. Rope tassels, carved cabriole legs with upholstered pad seat, upholstery shows wear.
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Early 20th Century American Louis XV John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Lovely Pair of Widdicomb Caned Scoop Chairs Hollywood Regency
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Stunning pair of John Widdicomb scoop caned chairs on castors. These lovely chairs have a nice distressed walnut finish with patinated brass details. The solid brass castors look gre...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John Widdicomb Seating

Materials

Cane

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