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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Dresser with Spear Handles, c 1950, Signed

$6,500

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This elegant fully restored double-dresser by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb (USA) features gorgeous walnut grain with nickeled 'Spear' handles. Four of the six drawers have partitions to sort your socks, undies and etc. Top drawer displays the original 'Widdicomb / designed by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings' label. This collectors item is an apt representation of the period where Streamlined Moderne was moving into Mid-Century Modern and is one of T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings many sought-after classic designs. The 'Spear Handle' line of dressers and nightstands practice subtle refinement in design, one example of this is the slightly curved front drawers and the spear handles which appear to float off of the drawer fronts. This piece is ideal for a client looking for a sophisticated and refined dresser that is also a collectors piece from classic 1950s Americana. This chest of drawers by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings would work great in a mid-century modern, scandinavian or danish modern, or american modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a contemporary, hollywood regency or post-modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a traditional, classical or art deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. This cabinet would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge, members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. MEASUREMENTS: H 30.25" x W 67" x D 22" CONDITION: Excellent restored condition. Wood was beautifully refinished. Nickel spear handles were polished. Ready for immediate use in a high-end designer room.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.25 in. (76.84 cm)Width: 67 in. (170.18 cm)Depth: 22 in. (55.88 cm)
  • Style
    Streamlined Moderne (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Excellent restored condition. Wood was beautifully refinished. Nickel spear handles were polished. Ready for immediate use in a high-end designer room.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330223966822

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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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