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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Cabinets

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
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sideboard or Cabinet in Walnut, Rattan and Brass
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
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T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Credenza, 1950's
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Three-Door Mahogany Cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
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Located in Dorchester, MA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb designed this mahogany cabinet with a minimal, clean-lined aesthetic. Three doors conceal six spacious drawers and, on the right, open storage wi...
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Tall Dresser for Widdicomb
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautifully detailed and functional dresser cabinet with ample storage and unique pull out workspace. By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb.. Please confirm item location (NY or NJ...
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Pair of T-H Robsjohn-Gibbings Cabinets for Sarifdis of Athens
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Located in Stamford, CT
Wonderful pair of bleached walnut and gilt brass two-door cabinets by T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis of Athens. Labelled.
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Rare Sideboard or Cabinet in Walnut, Rattan and Brass
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dallas, TX
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb rare 1950s sideboard or cabinet in rich deep walnut including central drawers with original circular woven rattan handles and brass end caps, cab...
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T.H. Robs-John Gibbings Dresser Chest for Widdicomb
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A large dresser chest in a medium walnut finish with two sliding doors having brass finger pulls and runners , to the left side four small upper drawers and three lower drawers two h...
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Mid-Century Modern Walnut King Headboard w/ Sliding Doors Compartment Cabinet
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Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice mid-century modern king size headboard - storage cabinet. Put away your blankets or use as bookcase, etc. Perfect shelve over your head to hold drinks reading lights, or ju...
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Custom Bar/Cabinet for Kandell Residence
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
Unique, one-of-a-kind, two-door cabinet in exotic hardwood with solid cast brass bamboo frame, and black glass work-surface top, designed as a livingroom bar for the Kandell Penthous...
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Brass

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Side Cabinets by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Circa 1950
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A pair of Mid-Century Modern side cabinets by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb. Walnut with cane wrapped handles and brass legs. Circa 1950.
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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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Extraordinary T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Saridis of Athens Sideboard
By Saridis, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Impeccable and rare sideboard by T.H. Robsjohn -Gibbings for Saridis of Athens. This piece is completely unique to the market, and one of only a few casegoods available for sale from...
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings cabinets for sale on 1stDibs

The T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 20 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original cabinets by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings were created in the Mid-Century Modern style in United States during the 20th Century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider cabinets by Knoll, Widdicomb Furniture Co. and Tommi Parzinger.. Prices for T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $3,000 and tops out at $65,000, while pieces like these can sell for $7,200 on average.

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