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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (U.K., 1905–76)

British-born designer, interior decorator and author T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905–76) was one of the great American tastemakers in the middle decades of the 20th century. Much like Edward Wormley, Robsjohn-Gibbings was a design classicist by education and inclination, but he would come to create some of the most gracious and livable modern furnishings of the era.


Robsjohn-Gibbings studied architecture at the University of London, then held various jobs that included designing décors for passenger liners and working as the art director of a film studio. In the early 1930s, while employed by the upper-crust interior designer Charles J. Duveen, Robsjohn-Gibbings experienced an epiphany during a visit to the British Museum. Examining the furniture depicted on ancient Greek ceramics — lithe stools and klismos chairs — he realized that he had found a design touchstone. By 1936, he had moved to New York and set up a showroom on Madison Avenue for his modern reinterpretations of classic Greek designs. Aided by contacts he’d developed while working with Duveen, he quickly established a clientele that included Elizabeth Arden, Doris Duke and Thelma Chrysler Foy.


Through his writings for magazines and books, Robsjohn-Gibbings earned a public following and was established as an urbane arbiter of taste. From 1943 to 1956, he produced an understated line of modernist furnishings for Widdicomb, which included one of the icons of the period: the tiered, biomorphic Mesa coffee table (1951). Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to Athens, Greece, in 1966, and created a new line of antiquity-inspired pieces for the firm Saridis. The series turned out to be his swan song.


Collectors’ interest in Robsjohn-Gibbings was reignited in the 1980s, when the 200-plus pieces from his 1936–38 commission for the Bel-Air estate of Los Angeles socialite Hilda Boldt Weber — pared-down neoclassical pieces rendered in blond wood (with the occasional flourish) — came on the market. (Up until then, the collection had remained in the house, despite its having changed hands several times.)


But his work for Widdicomb remains his most widely known, appreciated for its elegance and generous proportions. Robsjohn-Gibbings despised the stern aesthetic associated with his Bauhaus contemporaries, and a keynote of his modernist pieces is that they have no sharp angles. His chair and sofa frames, table legs and even many cabinets feature softly contoured edges. In whatever styled he designed, Robsjohn-Gibbings was guided by simplicity and timelessness. He wanted his furniture to be lived with happily.

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T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut Finish Coffee or End Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Elegant and not very common walnut table designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, rectangular table with tapered legs with notch in at top. Model 3348, label. Similar to hi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Rare T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sideboard
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Brass, Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chests
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Reverse Tapered Legs End Tables
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings End Tables or Nightstands
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohns-Gibbings for Widdicomb Full Size Headboard
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
T.H. Robsjohns-Gibbings for Widdicomb full size headboard with bookmatched walnut, seems to have been refinished at some point. Shows minor wear. Mounting hardware at 51.25" on center.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohns-Gibbings for Widdicomb Reverse Taper End Tables
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Dining or Desk Chair
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Side Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb side table with splayed legs and cross stretchers. Walnut in dark brown finish. Model number 3335.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Settees for Widdicomb, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
Midcentury pair of settees with wraparound dowel frame, designed by Gibbings for Widdicomb in the early 1950s.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Saber Leg Dining Table with Built in Leaves
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb saber leg dining table with built in leaves and beveled edge. Original sherry finish show wear and age, price includes refinishing. Can be refini...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Sectional
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Upholstery, Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Cocktail Table
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Lounge Chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of elegant T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb lounge chairs. Walnut frames with original upholstery, note that attached seat cushion is thicker and proper tufting and buttons ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings End Table with Splayed Legs - Ebony Finish
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century table with elegantly splayed legs designed by Terrance Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Has bee refinished in dark espresso / ebony finish. Label
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

Pair of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb End Tables
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Mahogany

Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Club Chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
 T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb highback club chairs with dark walnut base, tapered conical, angled legs. Only one chair has been upholstered.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Upholstery, Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Nightstand
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb nightstand or end table with horizontal dowel handle and single drawer on bottom. Original restored finish, can be refinished in a dark espresso ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

Pair of Tables by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Baker, circa 1961
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of coffee or end tables by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Baker. Model number #742, labeled Size – 24” x 24” x 18” H. Condition: Original – solid frames, no chipped veneer, some ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Furniture

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Walnut

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