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

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.

Six-Drawer Dresser T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, 1950s
Six-Drawer Dresser T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for W...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
A six-drawer dresser designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, from the 1950s. The walnut dresser is in its original Espresso lacquer that has been conserved not refinished...
Three-Drawer Dresser T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, 1950s
Three-Drawer Dresser T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
A three-drawer dresser designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, from the 1950s. The walnut dresser is in its original Espresso lacquer that has been conserved not refinis...
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest of Drawers
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Ch...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of Classic T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb three-drawer cabinets in beautiful original finish dark walnut, with brass legs, and raffia cane wrapped handles. Signed with rem...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Elegant Chest of Drawers
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Elegant Chest of Drawers
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American American Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood
Chest of drawers No. 5039 in walnut by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, 1950s (label in drawer "Widdicomb designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings").   
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chest of Drawers for Widdicomb
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chest of Drawers for Wid...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Chest of drawers for Widdicomb, from British architect, interior decorator, and furniture designer; Robsjohn-Gibbings, circa 1950s. Three large drawers with long horizontal pulls cap...
1950s Chest of Drawers by T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture, Pair
1950s Chest of Drawers by T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Walnut
Vintage 1950s walnut wood pair of chest of drawers designed by T.H.Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co. The chests have a silver metal accent on the pulls. Fully restored co...
Walnut Dresser by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture
Walnut Dresser by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for W...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Oak, Walnut
A walnut dresser designed by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture in the 1950s. This chest is in a wonderful state of preservation, with all of the oak interior drawer div...
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest of Drawers
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Ch...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Pair of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb chest of drawers.
Coveted Pair of Saffron Walnut Chests by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
Coveted Pair of Saffron Walnut Chests by Robsjo...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
An incredible, surviving pair of chests from a limited series designed by T H Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950. Seldom are these chests available for sale and research of ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Gentleman's Chest
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Gentleman'...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Walnut
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Gentleman's Chest. Walnut with polished nickel details. Featuring the original Widdicomb label. Full restoration by Karl Kemp Antiques.
Pair of Modernist Three-Drawer Chests by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Pair of Modernist Three-Drawer Chests by T.H. R...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
A pair of Modernist three-drawer cabinets. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Newly refinished walnut With original label: Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
Large Robsjohn-Gibbings Dresser  Secretary w Bookcase
Large Robsjohn-Gibbings Dresser Secretary w Bo...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Secretaires
Mid-century modern Robsjohn Gibbings walnut multifunction cabinet.
Midcentury White Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbi...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Oak
Midcentury dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Five drawer style. Dresser is newly refinished in white gloss with original satin brass ring pulls. Stamped Widdicomb insi...
Pair of Modernist Three-Drawer Chests by T.H. R...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Oak
A pair of Modernist three-drawer cabinets. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Solid walnut. With original label: Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
T.H. Robsjoihn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Cabinet w...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
T.H. Robsjoihn-Gibbings for Widdicomb cabinet with desk. Newly refinished.    
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut Hig...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Walnut
Mid-Century Modern, walnut, four-drawer, highboy dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb is newly restored.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Nightstands with ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Walnut
It doesn't get more Classic than Robsjohn-Gibbings. Sophisticated in it's simplicity with the ideal configuration for a nightstand.
Pair of Ebonized Spear Chests, T.H. Robsjohn-Gi...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Silver Plate, Walnut
Pair of ebonized spear chests by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1955. Called the 'Spear' chests for their resemblance to the silver tipped spear hardware. Professionally...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Walnut Chest of Drawers ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood, Walnut
Chest of drawers designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and manufactured by Widdicomb in the United States circa 1950’s. This design features a tall walnut wood body that sits on four ta...
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest of Drawers
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Beautifully made chest of drawers, on casters for easy moving. This make a great dresser or chest for anywhere needed including an entry. Chests has five drawers with two on first tw...
Pair of T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings Lacquered Dresser...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, John Stuart Inc.
Vintage 1950s American Hollywood Regency Dressers
Mahogany, Paint
Pair of Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) dressers for Widdicomb. Deep three drawers with solid brass ring pulls. Plinth base with beveled front edge detail. Small hidden ...
Elegant Modern Chest with Reed Wrapped Handles ...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Reed, Walnut
Elegant modern chest, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Bleached Walnut Chests
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Mid-Century Classic chest of drawers in a custom semi gloss bleached Walnut bone white finish. Chest of drawers has four ample sized drawers - some with dividers. Chest is on four re...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Dresser for Widdicomb
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Dresser of drawers in bleached walnut by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
Robsjohn-Gibbings Three-Drawer Cabinet Dress by...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings three-drawer cabinet or dresser manufactured by Widdicomb. Bleached mahogany in dark stain with original label on underside. Brass ring pulls.
Chest by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Bleached walnut creates the stunning grain and color of this beautifully constructed chest with sophisticated design features like divided drawer pulls and bracket feet. We have the...
Pair Robsjohn-Gibbings for John Widdicomb Mahog...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Handsome pair of three-drawer chests with heavy brass ring pulls. Lovely finish. All original. Stunning!
Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Cane, Walnut
Six-drawer ebonized dresser or chest designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Furniture Co., circa 1950s. The pulls are wrapped in cane. The brass legs and hardware retain a ...
Mid-Century Modern Walnut Chest by T.H. Robsjoh...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
This sophisticated and large-scale Mid-Century Modern eight drawer high chest was realized by T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Company, circa 1950. Robsjohn-Gibbings represents ...
Mid-Century Modern Chest in Two-Tone Walnut by ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
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...
Widdicomb Commode by Robsjohn-Gibbings in Herme...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Fruitwood
Fresh update in Hermes orange lacquer. Nice generous size. Can be used in any room.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Highboy Chest of Drawers...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Classic, minimal Gibbings design for Widdicomb featuring four sizable drawers equipped with removable insert dividers. Fully restored and finished on all sides. The chest is on caste...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Walnut Che...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Classic, minimal Gibbings design for Widdicomb featuring six sizable drawers equipped with removable insert dividers and sliding trays. Fully restored and finished on all sides. The ...
Small Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjo...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
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...
Thinline Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Modern Dressers
Walnut
Gorgeous tall dresser from Robsjohn-Gibbings' coveted Thinline Collection by Widdicomb that has been meticulously refinished in our in-house refinishing shop in open grain Charcoal/B...

Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s Dressers
A bleached walnut chest of drawers with cane wrapped handles and brass legs. Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Tall Walnut Dresser for...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Silver Plate, Walnut
Iconic tall dresser by Robsjohn-Gibbings in beautiful original condition, very well preserved. The silver plated rings that support the tusk shaped wood pulls featured here are less ...
Mid-Century Chest by Robsjohn Gibbings for Widd...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Unknown Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
Beautiful tapered brass legs on this well-proportioned masculine dresser with three drawers. Very much in spirit of Gio Ponti.
Pair of Classic Chest by Robsjohn-Gibbings for ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Pair of Classic chest by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Iconic brass ring pulls. Ebonized wood finish.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Thin-Line Bedside Tables...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
A fantastic set of bedside tables, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1954. Newly refinished in grey ceruse.
Robsjohn Gibbings Pair of Cabinets Bedside Tables
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Cabinets
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 ...
Robsjohn-Gibbings Classic Chests with Brass Rin...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Classic and beautiful. Restored in a tete negre finish with polished brass hardware. We also have the matching tall chest. Price is for pair.
Elegant Modern Chest with Reed Wrapped Handles ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Reed, Walnut
Elegant modern chest, designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, American, circa 1950s. It is a versatile size and can be used as a chest or dresser in a bedroom, or as a stor...
Mahogany Cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for ...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas
Mahogany
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...
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings Bachelor Four Drawer ...
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut
Pair of Mid-Century Modern walnut bachelor chests by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest of Drawers
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Dark stained.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Chest of Drawers Widdicomb
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Walnut, Brass
Elegant 6 drawer bureau by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Bleached walnut Classic design. Dated 4/56. The dresser is in excellent vintage condition with some sun fading. When...
Gibbings for Widdicomb High Chest of Drawers
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Chrome, Walnut
Very nice mid century modern dresser designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Nice curved long silver bullet shape tips pulls.
Large-Scale Chest by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal
Large-scale chest by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Gentleman'...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Birch, Lacquer, Brass
A dark and richly finished mahogany cabinet with 13 contrasting birch interior utility drawers. All sides are finished with a subtly tapering rounded frame. This is the more detailed...
Pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Chest o...
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood
Pair of commodes by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb with original brass pulls in excellent restored condition. Both on chest of drawers roll on hidden castors and contain the or...
Pair of Rare Robsjohn-Gibbings for John Widdico...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A pair of Robsjohn-Gibbings for John Widdicomb commodes or dressers. A spectacular and rare pair of matching three-drawer custom signed commodes by this highly sought after designer....
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Black Lacquer Tall Chest
John Widdicomb, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings black lacquer tall chest. Beautifully finished in high gloss black lacquer fitted with five long drawers with the original (untouched) silvered ring handles. D...
Widdicomb Dresser Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gib...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Dressers
Silver, Walnut
Dresser by Robsjohn-Gibbings is in beautiful original condition, very well preserved, circa 1950. Matching nightstands also available.

Vintage Three-Drawer Chest

By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage Three-Drawer Chest
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany
Bleached mahogany, three-drawer chest by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings, for Widdicomb. Original fabric label. A quantity of two are available.
Elegant Modern Chest Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Metal
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...
Pair of commodes by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdi...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
a favorite Gibbings design. these lovely dressers were just updated to a darker mahogany finish. the solid brass pulls were kept with their lovely aged patina. a little Brasso and t...
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Five-Drawer Chest
Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Vintage 1950s Dressers
A T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings five-drawer chest by manufactured by Widdicomb. A very sturdy piece with a beautiful finish.
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