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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

British, 1905-1976
British, 1905-1976

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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Creator: T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Dresser Bachelors Chest
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Sophisticated tailored design three drawer chest designed by T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb circa 1950/1960’s. The dresser features three deep drawers, each having a dowel f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Chest of Drawers by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Brussels, BE
Chest of drawers by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis.
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1960s Greek Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Chest in Two-Tone Walnut by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
This sophisticated Mid-Century Modern four-drawer high chest was realized by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Company, circa 1950. Robsjohn-Gibbings represents one of the premie...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Elegant Modern Chest Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Modern Chest designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950's. It has been refinished in a deep brown lacquer and the silver plated metal handles have...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Metal

8 Drawer Double Dresser Designed by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Impressive eight drawer double dresser designed by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb. The chest features two banks of four drawers, creating ample storage space. It is in very good, or...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Dresser for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Stylish and useful four-drawer dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, produced by Widdicomb Furniture circa 1950's. Dark walnut frame with tapered brass legs and raffia caned pulls with ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings Bachelor Four Drawer Chests Dressers
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut bachelor chests by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Three-Drawer Chest
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Mid-Century Modern three drawer dresser or chest of drawers. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb featuring a birch wood case and iconic brass ring pulls. Excellent joine...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Pair of Chest of Drawers by T.H Robsjohn Gibbings, USA 1950
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of chest of drawers by T.H Robsjohn Gibbings, USA 1950 Three drawer bedside tables with heavy brass pulls Walnut ebonized Label in drawers Supported by casters for easy moving N...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Ebonized Walnut Bedside Tables by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, 1950s
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
Rare set of matching bedside tables or chests of drawers designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950-1959. Completely restored walnut cases done in ebony, contrastin...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Nickel

Large Robsjohn-Gibbings Dresser Secretary w Bookcase
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-century modern Robsjohn Gibbings walnut multifunction cabinet.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Six Drawer High Boy Gentleman's Chest by Robsjohn, Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Impressive six drawer high boy chest designed by T H Robsjohn- Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture, ca 1950's. The drawers each feature a dowel form pull which runs across it's front. T...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

TH Robsjohn Gibbings Dresser for Widdicomb in Mahogany Cane Handles & Brass Legs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
1950s Widdicomb Cabinet designed by TH Robsjohn Gibbings and fully restored in a deep espresso stain with a satin lacquer finish over the original mahogany. All of the solid brass ha...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Mid-Century Modern Walnut, Brass and Rattan Sideboard by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in New York, NY
This refined and elegant Mid-Century Modern sideboard was designed by the celebrated T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings and handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1950. Sitting on conical bra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Double Dresser With 24K Gold-Plated Drawer Pulls
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An extremely rare and exceptional Mid-Century Modern sculpted walnut saber leg double dresser designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture of Grand Rapids, circa 1955. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Gold

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Ebonized Bachelor Chest, Newly Refinished
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern ebonized walnut three-drawer dresser chest By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb USA, 1950s Measures: 35.13" W x 20.5" D x 30.75" H. E...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Pair of Bedside Tables / Chests in Walnut, 1950s 'Signed'
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Pair of bedside tables / chests in walnut, chests with brushed nickel pulls, by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American 1950s (label in drawer). These bedside chests are extre...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Nickel

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chest of Drawers Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Camden, ME
Robsjohn-Gibbings 6 drawer bureau by Widdicomb. Bleached walnut Classic design. Dated 4/56. The dresser is in excellent vintage condition with some sun fading.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Pair Sliding Door Dressers Chests Cabinets by T H Robsjohn-Gibbings & Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Kansas City, MO
Rare and fine pair of dressers / chests / storage cabinets designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for the John Widdicomb Company, 1950s. The mahogany cases have been expertly refinished ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Walnut Dresser / Chest - T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Crockett, CA
Nice vintage medium size low three drawer dresser designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. The large drawers easily open on close with an attached bar that spans the width ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Coveted Pair of Saffron Walnut Commodes by T H Robsjohn-Gibbings, dated 1950
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent pair of commodes is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Midcentury Ebony Robsjohn-Gibbings Chests / Commodes, a Pair Lacquered Pristine
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Stamford, CT
Midcentury ebony Robsjohn-Gibbings chests / commodes or nightstands. A pair of recently lacquered palatial ebony T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings three-drawer chests/commodes or large nightst...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Designed Tall Chest, by Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed tall chest, fitted with five concealed long drawers by manufactured by Widdicomb furniture company. A sleek iconic work, ready to place. Beautiful c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Pair of White Lacquer Gibbings for Widdicomb Dressers Bachelor Chests Brass Pull
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Pair of iconic Mid-Century Modern bachelor chests dressers cabinets designed by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb. Heavy solid brass ring drawer pulls.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Widdicomb Nightstand Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Crockett, CA
This nice three-drawer nightstand is a good small storage chest as well. The interior drawer space is 15 1/4" wide by 17 3/4" deep and 6 1/2" tall.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

Mahogany Cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dorchester, MA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings designed this handsome mahogany cabinet for the Widdicomb Furniture Company. The solidly built case has three roomy center drawers and shelving behind doors on...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb 3 Drawer Chests
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Hingham, MA
Pair of American classical modern chests of drawers designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. in figured walnut with contrasting maple moldings. Both have original la...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Maple, Walnut

Widdicomb Walnut Chest of Drawers by Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
A fine chest of drawers designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and manufactured by Widdicomb, mid-20th century. Expertly crafted from walnut with a warm-brown finish. This case piece is ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut

TH Robsjohn Gibbings Chest for Widdicomb in Mahogany Cane Handles & Brass Legs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Dallas, TX
1950s Widdicomb Cabinet designed by TH Robsjohn Gibbings and fully restored in a deep espresso stain with a satin lacquer finish over the original mahogany. All of the solid brass ha...
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Mid-20th Century American T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest of Drawers
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb 6-drawer cabinet in beautiful original finish dark walnut, with brass legs, and raffia cane wrapped handles. Signed with cloth Widdicomb ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Cane, Walnut

Small Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Buchanan, NY
Small Widdicomb dresser designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, suitable for nightstand. The three-drawer chest is mounted on original casters, making the piece easy to move. Needs polis...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Black Lacquered Gentleman's Chests, Refinished
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional pair of Mid-Century Modern sliding door gentleman's chests By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb (Retailed by John Stuart, Inc.) USA, 1950s Black lacquered ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Black Lacquered Gentleman's Chest, Refinished
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sliding door gentleman's chest By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb (Retailed by John Stuart, Inc.) USA, 1950s Black lacquered walnut, w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Black Lacquered Gentleman's Chest, Refinished
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern sliding door gentleman's chest By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb (Retailed by John Stuart, Inc.) USA, 1950s Black lacquered walnut, w...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mahogany Highboy Dresser, Newly Refinished
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern six-drawer highboy dresser By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb USA, 1950s Mahogany, with original brass hardware. Measures: 36.63" W...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Robsjohn Gibbings Pair of Cabinets Bedside Tables
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of small cabinets by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb. Could be used side by side for a longer effect. Three drawers each, one with fitted compartments on top drawer. Finished ...
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1950s American Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbons White Lacquered Nightstands
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Robsjohn Gibbons white lacquered nightstands, beautiful lacquered finish. Fitted with one-drawer measures: 17" x 9.5".
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings commodes and chests of drawers for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings commodes and chests of drawers for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings commodes and chests of drawers, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 47 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original commodes and chests of drawers by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider commodes and chests of drawers by Herman Miller, George Nelson and Edward Wormley. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings commodes and drawer chests can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,495 and tops out at $32,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,800 on average.

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