Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

John Widdicomb Glass Front Units

$2,300

About

Mid-Century Modern mahogany bookcases with glass front doors and glass shelves. Lighting inside, storage cabinet below. Price is for single unit. (Please confirm item location - NY or NJ - with dealer).

Details

  • Creator
    John Widdicomb (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 78 in. (198.12 cm)Width: 37.5 in. (95.25 cm)Depth: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Minor age - scuffs, scratches, veneer lifting.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 4700-2736NScon1stDibs: LU921821229622

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Brooklyn, NY
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 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 John Widdicomb (Designer)

In the Widdicomb family, furniture ran in the blood. Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrated from England to the United States in 1845, eventually setting up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, New York, before moving west to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There, he opened a shop with his four sons, including John Widdicomb (1845–1910), whose name would help carry the family legacy into the 20th century.

A wealth of pine and oak forests rendered Grand Rapids a logging center during the 1800s, and it eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The city became a destination for furniture makers who hailed from across the United States and beyond. The Widdicomb shop in Grand Rapids prospered, as the patriarch’s formal English training allowed him to produce pieces with superior craftsmanship compared to those of his competitors. Although the Civil War halted business and took the life of one of the Widdicomb brothers, the family’s survivors would start anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, soon renamed the Widdicomb Furniture Company.

John Widdicomb, however, split from the family business in 1897 to create the John Widdicomb Company, where he would go on to focus on Louis XV Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in this style have distinct characteristics, such as floral motifs carved in the frames and gently angled backrests. John's company also remained a family affair: The founder’s son, Harry, assumed control of the company when his father died in 1910, while John's nephew Ralph Widdicombe — who retained the English spelling of his last name and joined the John Widdicomb Company at its start — designed every single piece of the offerings at his uncle's manufacturing outfit until he retired in 1951. Ralph was an internationally distinguished furniture designer whose modern mahogany bedroom suite won first prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

The original iteration of Widdicomb, which was helmed by John's older brother William while John ran his own brand, had shifted from making period revival styles of furniture, such as Georgian and Chippendale, to manufacturing modern pieces in the late 1920s. Admirers of mid-century modern furnishings likely recognize Widdicomb for the partnerships with iconic designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Mario Buatta. In 1959, master woodworker George Nakashima created his Origins collection for Widdicomb when the firm merged with Mueller Furniture Corporation and was known, for around 10 years, as Widdicomb-Mueller. Origins, a revered Shaker-influenced group of nightstands, upholstered lounge chairs, dining-room tables and more, saw Nakashima working with woods like Carpathian elm and laurel in his Pennsylvania studio.

Eventually, the two Widdicomb companies would combine in 1970, operating under the name John Widdicomb Co.

In 2002, the business closed after more than a century of operations, and its assets were acquired by Stickley Furniture. Interestingly, it was not the first time Widdicomb and Stickley overlapped: In the final years of the 19th century, the companies opened a shared storehouse in London, while John Widdicomb and Albert Stickley would travel Europe together for the purposes of research.

Today, Stickley continues to produce John Widdicomb Company furniture, including French, Italian, English and Russian reproductions, as well as modern works from the first half of the 20th century.

At 1stDibs, shop tables, case pieces and other furniture made by John Widdicomb Company.

About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
1stDibs seller since 2011
2,540 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 4 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

John Widdicomb Carved, Gilded Front Cabinet
By John Widdicomb
Located in New York, NY
Old world charm meets midcentury....traditional cabinet with carved wood paneled fronts with gilt overlay wash contrasting with medium brown stained sides and top, resting on bun fee...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Skyscraper Style Drop Front Desk Secretary Bookcase Wall Unit Cabinet
By Johnson Furniture Company, Paul Frankl
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Attributed to Paul Frankl Skyscraper three drawers one door utility cabinet bookcase drop front desk wall unit. The piece does not retain any labels but matches the time period. Good...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Maple

English Oak Glass Front Hanging Cabinet
Located in Wilson, NC
The doors of this English oak glass front hanging cabinet have two panes of old wavy glass framed with wood that has a carved edging.  
Category

Antique Early 1800s English Cabinets

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Paul McCobb Planner Group Glass Front Bookcase Cabinet
By Winchendon Furniture (Planner Group), Paul McCobb
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Ebonized maple, bookcase cabinet by Paul McCobb for Planner Group, Winchendon features sliding glass front doors and wrought iron legs. There is one stationary interior shelf.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Wrought Iron

Large Italian Wall Unit
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Wall unit with cabinets, rosewood and brass, Italy, 1960s. The monumental wall-mounted wall unit with cabinets consists of five wall sections with various different storage facilit...
Category

Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Bookcases

Materials

Brass

Børge Mogensen Wall Unit
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wall unit of Oregon pine, consisting of three lower sections, hereof two with doors and one with drawers and three upper sections with show case and adjustable shelves. Handles and f...
Category

Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Pine

American Crotch Mahogany Glass Front Bookcase. Circa 1850
Located in Charleston, SC
American book matched crotch mahogany two door glass front bookcase with gadrooned molded edges, adjustable interior shelving, lower fitted compartmentalized cabinets over intricate...
Category

Antique 19th Century American Bookcases

MCM Hooker 5 Section Oak Veneer Display Cabinet Wall Unit Smoked Glass Doors
By Hooker Furniture
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modern (MCM) five section oak veneer lighted display cabinet wall unit with smoked glass doors, brass pulls, ten glass shelves with plate grooves, two wooden she...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets

Materials

Brass, Brass

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery