1 of 9 images

Small Cabinet with Cane Doors by Harvey Probber

About

Designed by Harvey Probber, this small midcentury cabinet features a mahogany case on a plinth base. Cane-front sliding doors conceal, on the left, three deep drawers with white lacquered fronts and, on the right, additional adjustable shelving. Harvey Probber label inside top drawer.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 26 in. x W 42 in. x D 18 in.

    H 66.04 cm x W 106.68 cm x D 45.72 cm

  • Seller location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference number
    LU83788529653

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Harvey Probber (Cabinetmaker)

A popular designer who had his heyday from the late 1940s into the 1970s, Harvey Probber is one of the post-war American creative spirits whose work has been recently rediscovered by collectors. His designs are by-and-large simple and elegant, but his signal achievement was to pioneer one of the key innovations of mid-20th century furniture: sectional, or modular, seating.

     Even as a teenager, the Brooklyn-born Probber was making sketches of furniture designs — and selling them to Manhattan furniture companies. He began working as a designer for an upholsterer once he finished high school and, apart from a few evening classes he took as an adult at the Pratt Institute, he was self-taught about design and furniture making. After wartime service — and a stint as a lounge singer — Probber founded his own company in the late 1940s. A lifelong familiarity with the needs of New York–apartment dwellers doubtless sparked his most noteworthy creation: a line of seating pieces in basic geometric shapes — wedges, squares, half-circles — that could be arranged and combined as needed. Modular furniture remained the core idea of Probber’s business throughout his career.

     As a self-trained designer, Probber was never wed to any particular aesthetic. He preferred simple lines for their inherent practicality, but often used hardware to enliven the look of his pieces, or added elements — such as a ceramic insert in the center of a round dining table — that was visually interesting and could serve as a trivet. He gravitated toward bright fabrics with attractive, touchable textures that might be satin-like or nubbly. Above all, Probber insisted that the products that came out of his Fall River, Massachusetts, factory be built to last. “The quality of aging gracefully,” Probber once told an interviewer, is “design's fourth dimension.” This quality he realized: Probber furniture is just as useful and alluring now as it was when made — and maybe even more stylish.

About the Seller

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2007
Typical response time: 3 hrs
Located in Boston, MA
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phone

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Ebonized Mahogany and Rosewood Cabinet by Harve...

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Brass, Mahogany, Rosewood, Lacquer

Designed by Harvey Probber, this ebonized mahogany cabinet features two large brass-trimmed medallions of rosewood on the sliding doors at top. Behind the doors are five shallow draw...

NaN

Ebonized Mahogany and Brass Chest or Nightstand...

Harvey Probber

American Dressers

Brass, Mahogany

Harvey Probber designed this clean-lined modern nightstand with proportions that allow for its use as side table. The case of ebonized mahogany features a brass trimmed drawer over a...

NaN

Four-Drawer Dresser by Harvey Probber

Harvey Probber

American Dressers

Mahogany, Brass

This dresser by Harvey Probber features four drawers: two large drawers and two small drawers, one of which is divided into three compartments. Brass drawer pulls and brass-capped f...

NaN

Walnut Dresser or Cabinet, Model 4935 by George...

Herman Miller, George Nelson

American Dressers

Walnut

George Nelson designed this handsome dresser or cabinet, model 4935, for Herman Miller's Basic cabinet series. The tawny walnut case comprises five drawers on the left with dividers ...

You May Also Like
NaN

Harvey Probber Small Dresser Mahogany with Whit...

Harvey Probber

American Dressers

Wood, Mahogany

Smaller dresser or cabinet designed by Harvey Probber. Mahogany case with sliding doors revealing white lacquered drawers on each side. Expertly restored and refinished.

NaN

Harvey Probber Rosewood Dresser

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Rosewood

Rosewood and chrome six-drawer dresser by Harvey Probber. Probber (b.1922-d.2003) was an iconic American designer who was an early pioneer of modular seating in the 1940's. His desi...

NaN

Harvey Probber Cabinet with Sliding Doors

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Brass, Wood, Mahogany

Cabinet in dark mahogany with brass accents, pulls, and sabots, and sliding doors wrapped in original off-white leather. The top section has pull-out storage bins; there are four d...

NaN

Leather Faced Probber Cabinet

Harvey Probber

American Dressers

Leather, Brass, Mahogany

Mahogany and leather Probber Dresser with brass trim and hardware. Doors slide open on solid brass rails to reveal cork lined drawers. Could also serve as a credenza or sideboard. Co...

NaN Sale Price
32% Off

Large Alternating Door Cabinet with Glass Shelv...

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Glass, Walnut

Large alternating door cabinet with glass shelves by Harvey Probber for Probber. Blonde tone doors on dark stain cabinet . All in excellent condition .

NaN

Harvey Probber Bleached Mahogany & Ivory Leathe...

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Brass, Mahogany

Harvey Probber bleached mahogany tall dresser or gentleman's chest, with ivory leather-clad sliding doors that feature brass flat bar appointments. Behind the doors there are four dr...

NaN

Harvey Probber Two-Door Cabinet

Harvey Probber

American Cabinets

Brass, Mahogany

Harvey Probber's refined aesthetic is on display in this three-door cabinet. Crafted of mahogany, it has two sliding doors with octagonal leather inserts framed in brass which concea...

NaN

Two Door Teak Petit Short Two Doors Credenza Ca...

Knoll, Harvey Probber

American Dressers

Aluminum, Teak

Two door Danish mid century modern teak credenza cabinet bachelor chest. Good craftsmanship and good quality material including aluminum inlays of the top corners and solid teak base.