T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘Pair of Credenzas’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘Pair of Credenzas’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘Pair of Credenzas’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘Pair of Credenzas’, circa 1950, Heritage Auctions

Each credenza with two sliding doors, each side is fitted with four pull-out shelves, raised on incurvate block feet.

Condition Report: Minor nicking and kick marks, the surface appear to have been refreshed and present well.

Signature: Widdicomb manufacturing label to the top left drawer

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Manufacturer: Widdicomb Furniture

About T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Terence Howard Robsjohn-Gibbings (“Gibby”) gained early renown for the furniture designs inspired by classical Greece that he debuted in 1937. “On Greek vases I saw furniture that was young, untouched by time,” he said. “Vitality, surging through the human figures on the vases, surged through this furniture.” After relocating from England to New York, Robsjohn-Gibbings would set up a showroom on Madison Avenue and quickly earned a reputation as a tastemaker among the city’s elite; his spare, uncluttered designs were popular for their attempt to reconcile Art Deco whimsy with pure, classicist ideals. Robsjohn-Gibbings situated himself in opposition to Modernists like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer, whose designs he dismissed as utilitarian and lifeless, aligning himself instead with more “organic” artists like Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. He also admired Frank Lloyd Wright.

1905-1976