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John Widdicomb Credenzas

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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Creator: John Widdicomb
Marvelous John Widdicomb French Regency Louis XVI style Credenza Mid-Century
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A gorgeous French Regency Louis XVI style credenza by John Widdicomb, circa 1960s. We love the ‘Mob Wife’ Aesthetic vibe this piece gives-so vintage chic...
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Asian Influenced Mid Century Credenza by John Widdicomb Espresso Brown Gold Trim
By John Widdicomb
Located in Atlanta, GA
Asian Influenced Mid Century Credenza, designed for the John Widdicomb Company, American, circa 1960s. Subtle Asian influenced design executed in a deep espresso brown color with gol...
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John Widdicomb Oriental Three Doors Credenza or Dresser
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice John Widdicomb oriental server.
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Mid-Century Modern "Accordion" Doors Dresser by John Widdicomb Brass Pulls
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
High quality folding doors dresser or credenza by John Widdicomb.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Credenzas

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Cherry

1980s Black Lacquer Credenza From John Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Hartville, OH
Striking Smokey Black Lacquer shaved corner Credenza with spectacular Brass Hardware and recessed Brass plinth base by John Widdicomb. Even the inside of the drawers are gorgeous on ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Credenzas

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Mario Buatta for John Widdicomb Mid Century Chinoiserie Credenza
By John Widdicomb, Mario Buatta
Located in Countryside, IL
Mario Buatta for John Widdicomb Mid Century Chinoiserie Credenza This credenza measures: 76.5 wide x 19 deep x 32.25 inches high All...
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Mario Buatta for John Widdicomb Mid Century Chinoiserie Credenza
By John Widdicomb, Mario Buatta
Located in Countryside, IL
Mario Buatta for John Widdicomb Mid Century Chinoiserie Credenza This credenza measures: 48 wide x 17 deep x 32.5 inches high All pi...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John Widdicomb Credenzas

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Magnificent Hermes Orange Widdicomb Credenza Asian Brass Mid-Century Modern
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Magnificent Hermes orange lacquered John Widdicomb credenza buffet. We love the Asian Campaign style this high-end vintage piece has. This lovely credenza has been totally restored t...
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Outstanding John Widdicomb Brutalist Credenza Mid-Century Modern
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John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV Cherry Wood Marble Top Triple Dresser
By John Widdicomb
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John Widdicomb Mahogany Gold Gilt 3 Drawer Mediterranean Petite Credenza
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely John Widdicomb mahogany gold gilt 3 drawer/2 doors Mediterranean style petite credenza. Item features bun feet, gold gilt decorated drawer an...
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John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV Cherry Wood Dresser, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial Louis XV style twelve-drawer dresser or credenza By John Widdicomb USA, Circa 1940s Carved solid cherry wood, with original brass hardware. ...
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Lovely John Widdicomb Mahogany Gold Gilt 3 Drawer Mediterranean Petite Credenza
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely John Widdicomb mahogany gold gilt 3 drawer/2 doors Mediterranean style petite credenza. Item features bun feet, gold gilt decorated drawer an...
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Widdicomb Tambour Doors Compartment Console Server Credenza Cabinet Sideboard
By John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Widdicomb tambour doors compartment console server credenza cabinet sideboard on brass cone shape legs.
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Brass

1940s T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings 2 Part Credenza and Glass Top Cabinet
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Monrovia, CA
This T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings Is A Mahogany Bowed Front Credenza, With Tapered Sides, Sabered Legs, Glass Top Cabinet/Hutch, Brass/Bronze Pulls And Shelving Top And Bottom. This Gorgeous Mahogany Cabinet Has Ample Storage Both Top And Bottom And Has Excellent Glass Top Cabinet To Show Case Your Beautiful Ceramic Or Glass Pieces. This Is An Excellent Example Of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Curvature Design, Sturdy Gorgeous Saber Legged Credenza, See Through Glass Top Hutch...
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John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Mahogany Dresser or Credenza, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional mid-century modern ten-drawer dresser or credenza By John Widdicomb USA, 1960s Mahogany, with original hardware and unique flared lags. Measures: 74" W x 2...
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George Nakashima for Widdicomb Long Dresser Credenza Cabinet Burl Sliding Doors
By George Nakashima, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
George Nakashima for widdicomb long dresser credenza cabinet burl sliding doors mint!
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John Widdicomb Credenzas

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John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV White Lacquered Dresser, Refinished
By John Widdicomb, Ralph Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial Louis XV style six-drawer dresser or credenza Designed by Ralph Widdicomb for John Widdicomb Co. USA, Circa 1940s White lacquered carved sol...
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John Widdicomb Midcentury Hollywood Regency Triple Dresser or Credenza, 1970s
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern Hollywood Regency triple dresser or credenza By John Widdicomb USA, circa 1970s Wood construction with lacquered faux marble finish in a gr...
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Long 9 Beveled Front Drawers Dresser Credenza by Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Widdicomb
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern extra long 9 beveled drawers oak interior dresser credenza.
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20th Century Provincial Style Double Dresser and Pair of Mirrors by Widdicomb
By John Widdicomb
Located in Southampton, NY
French Provincial style bedroom Credenza set with double mirrors by John Widdicomb, marked with plaque, 1960s Six drawers 22"wide Two central doors with...
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John Widdicomb Mid-century Modern Caned Top Dale Ford
By John Widdicomb
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Awesome and unique buffet/hutch designed by Dale Ford. An excellent use of grain pattern and direction create a clean and striking cabinet from the hig...
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John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Walnut Lowboy Dresser or Credenza, Signed
By John Widdicomb
Located in Plainview, NY
A rare John Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern low boy large dresser or credenza. Crafted with precision from high-quality walnut, this dresser stands as a testament to the enduring allure...
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John Widdicomb Mediterranean Style Low Cabinet
By John Widdicomb
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Lovely John Widdicomb carved wood low chest with a Mediterranean motif. Gilt highlights and intricately carved. Three drawers in the center section an...
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Mid 20th Century Vintage John Widdicomb Gilt Tipped Credenza
By John Widdicomb
Located in west palm beach, FL
A sensational vintage MCM credenza. Made by the iconic John Widdicomb and tagged inside the drawer. Gorgeous gilt tipped detail and brass hardware. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate
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Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb Ebonized Black Lacquer 6 Drawers Dresser Sharp Mint!
By John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Robsjohn Gibbings Widdicomb ebonized black lacquer 6 drawers dresser sharp mint!
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John Widdicomb French Provincial Louis XV White Lacquered Dresser, Refinished
By John Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial Louis XV style nine-drawer dresser or credenza By John Widdicomb USA, Circa 1950s White lacquered solid walnut, with original brass hardware...
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John Widdicomb French Provincial White Lacquered Dresser, Newly Refinished
By John Widdicomb, Ralph Widdicomb
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional French Provincial eight-drawer dresser or credenza Designed by Ralph Widdicomb for John Widdicomb Co. USA, Circa 1940s White lacquered carved mahogany, with o...
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John Widdicomb credenzas 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 Widdicomb credenzas, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider credenzas by Drexel, John Stuart, and Calvin. Prices for John Widdicomb credenzas can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,800 and can go as high as $2,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,800.

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