3300 La Cienega Place Los Angeles, CA 90016 United States 310.360.7500
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$ 7,200

Impeccable Gentleman's Chest or Cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 1950-1979
Materials Bleached Walnut, Brass
W. 52 in; H. 43 in; D. 19 in;
W. 132.08 cm; H. 109.22 cm; D. 48.26 cm;
Condition Good. This piece, albeit vintage, is in excellent condition for its age.
Description Rare gentleman's chest or cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings in great condition. Original tag.

Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings (1905-1976) was a British-born architect and furniture designer.

Robsjohn-Gibbings studied architecture at London University. He afterwards worked briefly as a naval architect, designing ocean liner interiors, and then as art director for a motion picture studio. In 1926, he became a salesman for an antiques dealer who specialized in Elizabethan and Jacobean furniture, and Robsjohn-Gibbings was assigned prominent accounts such as Elizabeth Arden and Neiman Marcus.

In the late 1930s and 1940s he was the most important decorator in America. After opening a shop on New York's Madison Avenue in 1936, Robsjohn-Gibbings proceeded to design houses from coast to coast for such scions as tobacco heiress Doris Duke, Alfred A. Knopf, and Thelma Chrysler Foy.

The design work of T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings is hallmarked as a modern mixture of the classical elements of Ancient Grecian design, and Art Deco design. It features mosaic floor reproductions, sculptural fragments, and sparse furnishings, all combining to achieve his trademark brand of modern historicism.

T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings much preferred the visual vocabulary of the classical world, particularly ancient Greek furniture and design. Robsjohn-Gibbings' look was widely emulated, and, from 1943-1956, he worked as a designer for the Widdicomb Furniture Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In 1960, he met Greek cabinetmakers Susan and Eleftherios Saridis, and together, they created the Klismos line of furniture, which drew heavily on classical forms. It is still in production. Robsjohn-Gibbings eventually moved to Athens, where he became designer to Aristotle Onassis.

His honors include the 1950 Waters Award and the 1962 Elsie de Wolfe Award.

His furniture has been collectible for the past decade. His work has been studied by Daniella Ohad Smith, who has delivered a paper in the annual conference of the Interior Design Educator Council in 2008 and has published an article on his concepts in shaping the modern American home.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 326687
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