Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 17

Original Production John Dickinson Galvanized Steel Drape End Table, Signed

$23,50022% Off


This exceptionally rare and high-sought after collectors item is the John Dickinson model #107 drape end table with trompe-l'œil fabric motif in galvanized steel and brass binding. This piece of functional fine art is suited for a design collector, art investor or an interior designer looking to impress a hard-to-please client who wants nothing but the best of the best. This iconic 1970s American design by John Dickinson was later produced by Sutherland, and even the Sutherland examples have great worth and collectibility. But nothing compares to the originals, like this one. An interior steel frame with adjustable feet gives this table ample sturdiness and is suited for regular every-day use - but can also be used as an impressive stand-alone sculpture. Original John Dickinson pieces are exceptionally hard to find. This example of the galvanized steel trompe l'oeil draped tablecloth table is signed with a brass plaque on the lower front etched with John Dickinson's signature and the production number in Roman numerals. Get this rarity of modern design history before your competition does. MEASUREMENTS: H 24 x W 28.5" x D 28.5" CONDITION: Very good vintage condition with light patina and wear. One corner with further oxidation, see photos. Some rub marks and age related wear. Overall excellent collectors example, sturdy and sound, ready for immediate use.


  • Creator
    John Dickinson (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)Depth: 28.5 in. (72.39 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Very good vintage condition with light patina and wear. See description and photos for more detail. Ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330224470802

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping

    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More

About the Designer

John Dickinson

Playful, sculptural, unexpected: Illustrious designer and decorator John Dickinson created interiors, lighting fixtures, seating and other furnishings that were wholly peculiar and unlike anything seen before. The Berkeley, California, native mined design movements of bygone eras for elements he would later integrate into what would become his signature anthropomorphic work.

Dickinson was inspired by Art Deco designers such as Jean-Michel Frank, who similarly drew on the past for his extravagant pieces, and found appeal in the claw-foot tables and seating that Georgian-era furniture makers produced.

Although Dickinson attended the Parsons School of Design in New York, he returned to the West Coast following graduation. He worked for decorating firms and furniture stores, and, in 1956, he set up his own practice in San Francisco, where he reinterpreted heritage in his sculptural lamps, stools and chairs with legs that terminate in hooves or resemble bones and tree branches.

Dickinson’s spare but sophisticated furniture is often associated with a “golden age” of San Francisco decorating that includes the work of designers Charles Pfister and Michael Taylor. Wider recognition over the years owes to collectors’ interest and exhibits such as “Fantasy and Function: The Furniture of John Dickinson,” which opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2003.

Despite his irreverent approach, Dickinson’s pieces were luxury items. He crafted lamps of unpolished brass and tables in chalky white plaster with a resin coating. His most iconic works are his Etruscan tables with legs resembling hooved animal feet and his Three-Legged African table, which was inspired by an artifact he discovered in an import shop. Dickinson took on only handpicked, young, well-to-do clients who were willing to give him free rein to experiment with these unusual forms and industrial materials. Leading department stores like Lord & Taylor, however, were also among his clientele. In 1977, Dickinson was commissioned to design a furniture collection for Macy’s. It featured white lacquered bookcases that drew on urban architecture and table lamps with bodies that mimicked animal bones.

Owing to his untimely death, and the fact that he worked in plaster, a highly breakable material, few of Dickinson’s original pieces exist to this day. Their scarcity renders every remaining Dickinson design a valuable heirloom guaranteed to make a statement in any room.

Find vintage John Dickinson furniture on 1stDibs.

About the Seller
Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

Recognized Seller
These prestigious sellers are industry leaders and represent the highest echelon for item quality and design.
Diamond Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 2012
1stDibs seller since 2015
1,762 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
20th Century Specialists
More From This Seller
  • Brazilian Rosewood and Smoked Glass Side Table by Percival Lafer, 1960s, Signed
    By Percival Lafer
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    A beautiful Brazilian Rosewood and smoked glass side table by coveted designer Percival Lafer. This 1960s end table was made in Brazil and is signed with Lafer sticker label as seen ...

    Vintage 1960s Brazilian Modern Side Tables


    Glass, Rosewood

  • 'Bijou' Occasional Tables Prototype Set by Stewart MacDougall, Signed
    By Stewart MacDougall
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Be sure to see all the photos in this listing so you can see that this set comes with an extra surprise! This set of 8 full sized prototype 'Bijou' side tables from Stewart MacDougal...

    Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern Side Tables



  • Early Vladimir Kagan Side Table w J. Warner Prins Ceramic Tiles, c 1949, Signed
    By Kagan-Dreyfuss, Inc., Vladimir Kagan
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    This rare and early (circa 1949) open-sided tiered side / end table by Vladimir Kagan, during his early years either right before or in the beginning of his partnership with Hugo Dre...

    Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables


    Ceramic, Oak

  • Maison Jansen Attributed Brass, Steel and Glass Tiered Side Table, circa 1960
    By Maison Jansen
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    A beautiful brass, steel and glass tiered side table, attributed to Maison Jansen circa 1960, has plenty of patina developed over years which is attractive in of itself, or can be po...

    Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Side Tables


    Brass, Steel

  • Philip and Kelvin LaVerne 'Kuan Su' Bronze and Pewter Side Table, Signed, 1960s
    By Philip and Kelvin LaVerne
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    Highly sought-after 'Kuan Su' etched bronze and pewter side table, designed and produced by father and son team Philip and Kelvin LaVerne in the 1960s and signed on the top by the ar...

    Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables


    Bronze, Pewter

  • Pair of Illuminated Suede Drum Side Tables by Steve Chase, c. 1980
    By Steve Chase
    Located in Los Angeles, CA
    A unique pair of illuminated suede drum side tables by Steve Chase, circa 1980s. This pair of side tables came from a Steve Chase designed home and features suede leather wrapped aro...

    Vintage 1980s American Post-Modern End Tables



You May Also Like

Signed John Dickinson Table
By John Dickinson
Located in Nashville, TN
Galvanized metal table in the stye of a draped table with brass trim.

Vintage 1960s American Side Tables



Iconic "Rope Table" in Plaster by John Dickinson 1980s
By John Dickinson
Located in New York, NY
Iconic "Rope Table", model # 111, in plaster by John Dickinson, American 1980. This piece is a rare masterwork by one of the best designers of the 20th century. Reference: John Dic...

Vintage 1980s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables



Pair of Rare John Dickinson Stacked Books End Tables
By Drexel, John Dickinson
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of very rare John Dickinson bibliotheque end tables, a very limited edition design from Drexel's Et Cetera collection. Three large Shakespeare books make up the tabletop, with t...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables



Plaster Rope Table John Dickinson
By John Dickinson
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rope table (model no 111-J) designed by JOHN DICKINSON, an American designer based in San Francisco who actively designed a group of ground-breaking furniture in 50-70's using unconv...

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables



Authentic John Dickinson Original African Series Table, Model 103
By John Dickinson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
From the imagination of John Dickinson (1919-1982), we offer this authentic, iconic occasional table fashioned of cast plaster over rebar. The primitive animal paw-legged piece is a ...

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables



John Dickinson Style Side Table
By John Dickinson
Located in Danville, CA
Mid-Century table depicting a square hourglass form table draped with cloth and bound with rope. The form is finished in white Gesso. We have another similar item of different dimens...

Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables


Gesso, Resin

Lucite End Tables John Harris, 1978
Located in Chicago, IL
Lucite end side tables signed John Harris, 1978.

Vintage 1970s End Tables



John Dickinson White, Wood Rope Table
By John Dickinson
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Rope table (model no 111-J) designed by John Dickinson, an American designer based in San Francisco who expresses tribal and African influences in signature plaster pieces.

20th Century Side Tables



Brown Saltman End Tables by John Keal
Located in San Diego, CA
Early Brown Saltman end tables designed by John Keal, circa 1950s. Made of beautiful mahogany wood. Top drawer slides for storage. Wood is completely restored to original condition.

Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern End Tables

Early Production Florence Knoll End or Occasional Table Knoll, New York
By Florence Knoll, Knoll
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist architectural design white laminate round top solid polished steel "x" base, retains early Knoll label. Florence Knoll Bassett (born May 24, 1917) is an American...

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables


Stainless Steel

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery