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Set of Six Dining Chairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, 1950s

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A beautiful set of six (6) dining chairs designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb, comprised of five (5) side chairs and one (1) armchair. The signature T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings sculpted sabre leg chair frames are fabricated from solid Walnut and features sculpted legs with graceful lines. Notice the slight curves and angles at the base of the front legs and the splayed angle of the rear legs. Such artistry in these beautiful chairs. The seats and double sided upholstered backs have been previously reupholstered with a high-end fabric with a very interesting texture and pattern. An exquisite set, ready to grace the home of the collector or interior design client. These TH Robsjohn Gibbings sabre leg dining chairs would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Postmodern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an Apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as side chairs, cafe or breakfast table chairs, bedside chairs, fireside chairs, dressing or changing room chairs, hallway chairs, entryway or mudroom chairs, nursing or reading chairs, conference room chairs, office or desk chairs, guest chairs, lobby chairs or occasional chairs ideal in virtually any setting.  Measurements: 34.75" H x 22.25" W x 23.5" D Seat height 18.5" Seat depth 16.5" Arm height 25.25" Condition: Very good vintage condition, ready for immediate use.

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  • Dimensions
    H 34.75 in. x W 22.25 in. x D 23.5 in.H 88.27 cm x W 56.52 cm x D 59.69 cm
  • Seat Height
    18.5 in. (46.99 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Reference Number
    LU1330217567271
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About T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings (Designer)

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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