Large Travertine Cocktail Table by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, Signed For Sale
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Large Travertine Cocktail Table by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb, Signed

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A beautiful, and large, travertine coffee table by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb of Grand Rapids. This incredible table is signed on the table base with a Widdicomb placard, and has its original travertine top which is in very good condition. This beautiful and collectible piece by famed Mid-Century Modern designer, T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings has a 40" by 40" square travertine slab top on top of an architectural base in Classic Robsjohn Gibbings style with cylindrical legs and support bars. This cocktail table would work great in a Post-Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Zen / Minimalism 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. Condition: Good original vintage condition with light to moderate wear to the wood base and very good to excellent condition to the original travertine top. The base can be refinished upon request however we decided to keep it in its current condition since the wear does not detract from the tables attractiveness. For a vintage styled room, the base is very acceptable to use with its current wear. For a room where everything else is brand new (and not vintage) we recommend refinishing which we can provide at a nominal cost. Measurements: H 12" x W 40" x D 40".

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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Good original vintage condition. Travertine is in excellent condition with light attractive patina. Wood base is in good vintage condition with light to moderate wear throughout. The base can be refinished upon request.
  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 40 in. x D 40 in.H 30.48 cm x W 101.6 cm x D 101.6 cm
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU1330215676671
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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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