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All Arms, Extraordinary Set of 14 Modern Klismos Chairs by Robsjohn-Gibbings

$110,000per set

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This magnificent set of dining chairs is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored, newly upholstered and completely installation ready. This large All Arm set of these rare examples is unique on the market. Expert custom upholstery service is available. The rarest of the rare: an exceptional, meticulously restored set of fourteen (14) modern Klismos arm dining chairs by the esteemed T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, circa 1950. A set of this size of these difficult to find seating examples is the collector's equivalent of capturing a Purple Unicorn. Expertly crafted solid walnut construction with stellar lines and detail. Artistry and execution that is beyond incredible. Finished in a dark walnut stain - aged to absolute perfection. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, rare and coveted chair designs of the 20th century. Important chairs intended to anchor an important dining room. Excellent Restored Condition. The chairs have undergone meticulous complete professional restoration. The walnut demonstrates stunning warmth, depth and luster. Sturdy, stout and comfortable. Chairs intended for heavy regular use and lingering dinner conversation. The set is completely installation ready. The arm chairs measure: 23 inches wide, 32 inches high (back), 21.5 inches deep, 20.5 inch seat height, 25 inch (arm height). The price listed is for the set of fourteen (14). Custom upholstery service is available.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Width: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Depth: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Seat Height: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 14
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Reupholstered. Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent Restored Condition. Exacting complete professional restoration performed in the Tom Robinson Modern facility. New custom upholstery in a neutral ROMO fabric. Expert custom upholstery service available.
  • Seller Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Tom Robinson Modern - WH 91stDibs: LU1152225688932

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About the Designer

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

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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