Modern Design /03 October 2004

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

sofa and chair
Widdicomb
United Kingdom / USA, c. 1950
walnut, brass, upholstery
74 w × 32 d × 31½ h in (188 × 81 × 80 cm)

chair: 25.5"w x 27.5"d x 30.75"h

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $4,500

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings 1905–1976

Terence Harold Robsjohn-Gibbings was born in England in 1905. While studying architecture at the University of London, Robsjohn-Gibbings was fascinated by the restrained elegance of Greek and Roman art, so he often spent his spare time wandering the galleries of the British Museum. In 1929, he moved to New York where he worked for famed tastemaker Charles Duveen before establishing a career as an independent interior designer in 1936. In 1938, Harper’s Bazaar stated that Robsjohn-Gibbings felt that “the modern should stem from the very ancient,” as he believed that furniture should be steeped in the symmetry and rationality of Greek design. In 1946, Robsjohn-Gibbings had the chance to make his ideals manifest when he was invited to design a line of furniture for Widdicomb Furniture Company. His furniture line was hailed as a triumph by House Beautiful, and his design for a butler’s table was featured in the landmark Good Design exhibit of 1951 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

In addition to working as an interior designer, Robsjohns-Gibbings was also an astute critic of design culture in America and he was noted for his humorous novels like Goodbye, Mr. Chippendale, which poked fun at the American craze for all things antique in interior design. During the 1960s, Robsjohn-Gibbings moved to Athens, the birthplace of classicism, and his apartment overlooked the Parthenon. While living in Greece, Robsjohn-Gibbings designed interiors for both Aristotle Onassis and the Niarchos family. Robsjohn-Gibbings passed away in 1976. He left behind a legacy of classically-derived forms, and his elegant works reside in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among many others.

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Important and Rare Mesa table
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important Mesa coffee table, model 1760-6
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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Mesa table, model #1760-6
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dining table, model no. 149
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $43,750

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Mesa table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,250

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T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

lounge chairs model no. 155, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $32,500

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dining chairs model no. 105, set of twelve
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $31,250

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, Mesa coffee table | Wright20.com

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Mesa coffee table
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, Klismos chairs, set of four | Wright20.com

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Klismos chairs, set of four
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $27,600

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, coffee tables model no. 125, pair | Wright20.com

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

coffee tables model no. 125, pair
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $27,500

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, console table | Wright20.com

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console table
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,200

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, Affecter stool | Wright20.com

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Affecter stool
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $23,750

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, custom desk | Wright20.com

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

custom desk
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,600

T.H. ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, side table from Casa Encantada | Wright20.com

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

side table from Casa Encantada
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,600

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estimate: $20,000–30,000
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rare Cocktail couch, model 1713-6
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result: $18,750

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Klini chaise, model no. 11
estimate: $10,000–12,000
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estimate: $7,000–9,000
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custom Trapeza occasional table
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