reating high quality, hand-decorated pieces since 1858.
History The John Widdicomb Company is steeped in history and tradition. It is breathtaking in its beauty, solid in its foundation and legendary in its enduring legacy. It begins in 1845 in Devonshire, England, meanders through Syracuse, New York, settles in Grand Rapids, Michigan and in 2000 returns to its first American home in Syracuse, New York.
When in 1845 George Widdicomb left Devonshire, England he set up a cabinet shop in Syracuse NY where his fourth son, John Widdicomb was born. The family lived and worked in Syracuse and the Central NY area until 1857 when they slowly moved westward, settling in Grand Rapids, Michigan. George gathered together twelve craftsmen and set up a small cabinet shop which prospered from the start. His English training was different from the frontier training of the average small town cabinetmaker and his well made furniture found a ready market. The name of that company was George Widdicomb and Sons. The outbreak of the Civil War put a sudden end to the new enterprise, when the entire work force including his four sons joined the Union army. In 1867, with one brother lost in the war, the company reopened as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards. In 1873 the company incorporated as Widdicomb Furniture Company, a manufacturer of inexpensive bedroom furniture. After successfully bringing the company through the turbulent financial crisis of 1893, John left this company to form his own. Meanwhile, the Widdicomb Furniture Company under the leadership of John’s older brother William, continued through the turn of the century making period style San Domingo (Haitian) Mahogany and Tabasco (Mexican) Mahogany
Widdicomb Timeline 1845 – 1857 Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrates from Devonshire, England and sets up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, N.Y.
1858 George Widdicomb settles in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He sets up a small cabinet shop with his four sons: “George Widdicomb & Sons.”
wood bedroom furniture. The company introduced its first modern pieces in 1928, and by 1938 had ceased all production of traditional and revival styles. Lines designed in the 1940s and 1950s by T. H. Robsjohn Gibbings and George Nakashima made Widdicomb Furniture Company an important producer of Mid Century Modern furniture. Ralph Widdicombe, a nephew of John, had earlier become interested in the designing of fine furniture, and when his uncle branched out for himself, Ralph joined him. For fifty-three years until his retirement in 1951, all John Widdicomb Company Furniture was designed by Ralph Widdicombe, known as the Dean of furniture designers. Ralph Widdicombe always retained the old English spelling of his name ending with the “e”. Although Ralph Widdicombe will always be remembered best for his classical designs, he was awarded first prize for his Modern bedroom suite at the Paris Exposition in 1900. In 1924, working from models he had procured in Europe, Ralph Widdicombe introduced Louis XV Provincial designs, which were the first of their kind to be made in this country, and started the wave of popularity for French Provincial that still continues.
1863 All four of George’s sons enlist in the Union Army, putting the furniture business on hiatus during the last years of the Civil War.
1865 The Widdicomb boys return from duty in the Union Army to form a new furniture shop. The Widdicomb Furniture Company quickly gains a reputation as one of Grand Rapids’ finest furniture makers.
1894, 1896 The Widdicomb Furniture Company joins Stickley Brothers Furniture Company to open a furniture storehouse in London. Albert Stickley and John Widdicomb travel together throughout Britain and Continental Europe looking for new furniture ideas.
1897 John Widdicomb establishes his own company, the John Widdicomb Company, making interior woodwork and fireplace mantels.
1900 Ralph Widdicombe, John Widdicomb’s primary designer, is awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exposition for his moderne bedroom suite. Ralph eventually becomes known as the “Dean of Furniture Design.”
1924 John Widdicomb Company introduces its Louis XV Provincial designs. The collection is recognized for creating a wave of popularity for French Provincial furniture that continues today.
The John Widdicomb Company was instrumental in the creation of the the Grand Rapids Furniture Makers Guild. The American Furniture Market had been held in Grand Rapids, Michigan since 1878 and The Grand Rapids Furniture Guild and its related companies were leaders in the American furniture manufacturing industry.
John Stuart joined the company as Director and Sales Manager in 1929. He later became General Manager and Vice President and in 1943 he was named President of John Widdicomb. Shortly after John Stuart, Inc. was formed. It appears it had been a separate company that ran the designer showroom in New York and later in Philadelphia. In 1964 John Stuart, Inc. and John Widdicomb collaborated in the building and opening of a 23 room showroom in the D&D Building in New York.
The Widdicomb name, which had been shared by two manufacturers since John left his father in 1897, was brought together again in 1970 when the John Widdicomb Company purchased the name and goodwill of the Widdicomb Furniture Company, the latter having ceased production several years previously. Gerald R. Ford of Grand Rapids became president of the United States of America in 1974. That year the John Widdicomb Company was purchased by Hickory Furniture who later sold it in 1986 to an investment group called “Widdicomb Associates”. This era witnessed the introduction of a new collection of English furniture designed by the internationally renowned designer, Mario Buatta.
The 1990’s brought many changes including the launching of a new company “Bexley Heath, Ltd.” which was absorbed by John Widdicomb in 1998. The John Widdicomb Company manufacturing operations and offices were moved to the newly renovated Grand Rapids furniture campus at 560 Fifth Street, the former Widdicomb plant. It was also in 1998 that the John Widdicomb company signed an exclusive licensing agreement with the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England. The Victoria & Albert Museum is the largest museum of the decorative arts in the world. In May of 2002, The John Widdicomb Company closed its Grand Rapids doors and a new chapter in the history of this revered company began. L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc. purchased the assets of John Widdicomb Company furniture and moved its production to their state of the art factory in Manlius, New York under the ownership of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred and Aminy Audi. The John Widdicomb line includes nearly one hundred French, Italian, English, and Russian reproductions, as well as a broad range of pieces from the Moderne tradition of the early 20th century, all of which are crafted in limited quantities and in the tradition of highest quality for which the Widdicomb name has been internationally known for over one hundred forty-five years. John Widdicomb furniture is available through fine retail showrooms world wide, and to interior designers through design showrooms in major cities in the United States.
Once more the John Widdicomb Company was sold in 1996 to the Grand Rapids Furniture Company and Jim Devries became chairman.
1924 John Widdicomb Company introduces its Louis XV Provincial designs. The collection is recognized for creating a wave of popularity for French Provincial furniture that continues today.
1951 Ralph Widdicombe, “Dean of Furniture Designers,” retires after 53 years as the primary designer of John Widdicomb Company furniture.
1970 The Widdicomb Furniture Company is purchased by John Widdicomb Company, uniting the “Widdicomb” name under one organization for the first time in 73 years.
2002 L. & J.G. Stickley purchased the assets of the John Widdicomb Company and moved production of this product to their state of the art manufacturing plant in Manlius, New York.
The form of this serpentine credenza was taken from the dressing room table used by Catherine the Great of Russia.
Its splendor evidences the fusion of English forms and a deeply ingrained feeling of the principles of national art. The composition is particularly remarkable for its compound serpentine configuration, and its sumptuous patterns of veneers and inlays. The top is resplendent with walnut book-matched veneers and crossbanding; oval inlays of maple and tulip wood, framed by walnut benchwork. Embellished doors, ebony inlays accentuate the posts and an inlaid holly and ebony medallion emblazons the raised pane on the center drawer. Similarly noteworthy are the cove-shaped top edge, contrasting brass Greco-Roman lion mask ring pulls and tapered quadrangular feet. The piece features three drawers, with a Pacific Silvercloth® insert in the center drawer, four doors and an adjustable wood shelf in each compartment.
JW-5583 Russian China Top 78” W x 20” D x 51” H
JW-5582 Russian Credenza 78” W x 20” D x 37” H Top has book-matched French Walnut veneers and crossbanding. Doors feature oval inlays of maple and tulip wood, framed by walnut benchwork. photograph pages 6-7: JW-5972 Lyre Back Arm Chair, JW-5971 Lyre Back Side Chair, JW-5991 Cheshire Double Pedestal Dining Table Opposite: JW-5583 Russian China Top, JW-5582 Russian Credenza
The original cabinets lined an impressive wing of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, but were destroyed by fire.
This distinctively Russian neo-classical china cabinet features gilted dentil and egg-and-dart moulding that follows the horizontal line of the cornice; and the frieze, which contains inlays of Karelian birch outlined with ebony between a pair of brass medallions. The frames of the beveled glass doors and ends are also outlined in gilted egg-and-dart moulding while the corner posts contain Karelian birch inlays between a brass capital and base. The cabinet features a plinth base; touch-controlled lighting, adjustable 3/8” plate grooved glass shelves and is available with an antique mirror, fabric or wood inside back. Crafted in cherry solids with cherry and Karelian birch veneers.
Russian China Cabinet (Single) 44 3/4” W x 19” D x 86” H
Russian China Cabinet (Double) Consists of right and left units. 85 1/2” W x 19” D x 86” H
Russian China Cabinet (Triple) Consists of right, center and left units. 126 1/4” W x 19” D x 86” H
Opposite: JW-7064 Queen Anne Baroque Side Chair, JW-7065 Queen Anne Baroque Arm Chair, JW-7191 Georgian Dining Table, JW-5582 Russian Credenza, JW-1732 Neoclassical Etagere
An English interpretation of Baroque outlines is noticeable in the unity of curved lines displayed by this comfortable Queen Anne design. A refinement of scale and detail is evident in the gentle lines of the cabriole legs, embellished with delicately carved shell and foliated designs. Elegantly poised on small pad feet, it features carved scrolls where the posts meet the curved French walnut splat back. Carved scrolls on the sinuous open arm chair echo the carving on the back posts. Crafted in mahogany, these chairs feature pull-over seats outlined with a welt.
Classic example of late Georgian chairs, featuring a double-arched back embellished by beaded carving and a pierced lyre back splat centered by a fine marquetry fan medallion executed in satinwood. Also featuring inset, beaded carving are the square tapering legs, which support the upholstered seat, and on the arm chair, the gracefully sculpted arms.
Queen Anne Baroque Side Chair 22 1/2” W x 22 5/8” D x 38 1/2” H Seat height 18”, Seat depth 17” Mahogany
Lyre Back Side Chair 21 3/4” W x 22 5/16” D x 39 5/16” H Seat height 18”, Seat depth 19”
JW-7065 Queen Anne Baroque Arm Chair 24” W x 23” D x 38 1/2” H Seat height 18 1/2”, Seat depth 18” Arm height 26 1/2” Mahogany
JW-5972 Lyre Back Arm Chair 23” W x 22 5/16” D x 39 5/16” H Seat height 18”, Seat depth 19” Arm height 27”
photograph pages 12-13: JW-5572 Russian Arm Chair; JW-5571 Russian Side Chair; JW-5597 Russian Dining Table; JW-7516 British India Mirror
The passion for classical designs, rekindled by the late 18th and early 19th century excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, lives on in this modern interpretation of the Greek Klismos Chairs. While firmly rooted in the ancient past, the underlying features of these chairs—the curved top rail and the backposts with scroll designs—reach across the centuries to achieve a fresh refinement for a new millenium. Crafted in solid cherry and available in any cherry finish. Available with or without gold trim shown here.
Distinguished by a grace and beauty of its own, this neoclassic Russian shield-back design from the period of Alexander I represents a lyrical adaptation of the 18th century English influences, previosuly introduced by English craftsmen working at the court of Catherine II. The design is particularly notable for the gently rounded curving posts; curved and pierced backrest; tapering legs and, on the arm chair, the curved open arms. Crafted in cherry solids, these chairs feature optional hand-applied gold trim.
Klismos Side Chair 21” W x 22 1/4” D x 37 1/2” H Seat height 17 1/2”, Seat depth 18”
Russian Side Chair 20 1/2” W x 22” D x 37” H Seat height 18” Seat depth 17”
Klismos Arm Chair 23 1/2” W x 24 3/16” D x 37 1/2” H Seat height 18”, Seat depth 191/2” Arm height 25 1/2”
Russian Arm Chair 23 3/4” W x 22 3/4” D x 37” H Seat height 18”, Seat depth 18” Arm height 26 1/4”
Inspired by the grandeur of the late Georgian period, this dining table, crafted in mahogany solids and veneers, features a chamfer-cornered top veneered with broken stripe mahogany. A satinwood border is separated from the mahogany field by a tulipwood stripe. Four pentagonal legs, accentuated on two sides by tapering flutes, support the top. The face of the legs are routed and addressed with an insert of fret overlay. The fluting of the legs carries over to the apron rails to create continuity and interest along these long horizontal members.
The splendor of this Russian table from the period of Catherine II is characterized by a top of closely matched French Walnut veneers, framed by an ebony inlay and quartered veneers; with a similarly veneered apron. The table is very much in the style of David Roentgen, particularly evident in the brass ornaments against a painted black field on the posts, and the brass sabots embellishing the tapered quadrangular legs, accented with optional gold trim.
Opposite: JW-9896 Staffordshire Dining Table, JW-1774 Klismos Arm Chair, JW-1773 Klismos Side Chair
JW-9896 Staffordshire Dining Table 83 1/4” W x 53 1/4” D x 30” H extends to 122 1/4” with two 19 1/2” fillers. Features a chamfer-cornered top with broken stripe mahogany bordered by satinwood.
JW-5597 Russian Dining Table 68” W x 44” D x 30” H extends to 109” with two 20 1/2” fillers with aprons.
A substantial extension dining table featuring beautiful veneers, elegant details and quality construction throughout. The solid mahogany carved and turned feet are surmounted with concave-sided, tripartite bases. Solid mahogany, turned and tapered columns rise from the bases, complete with hand carved and optional gilded bracelets. The top is a field of book-matched, feather crotch mahogany with a short-grain edge and features a conforming, recessed apron optionally trimmed in gold.
The trend towards magnificence in furnishings, bred by Georgian prosperity, is well exemplified in this table. Extravagantly figured Circassian walnut, inlaid with satinwood, edged with gadroon carving and surmounting a solid mahogany apron, distinguishes the top. Equally magnificent are the mahogany turned column pedestals supported by reeded sabre legs, embellished with acanthus leaf hand carvings and capped with brass ferrules on casters, which facilitate extending the table.
Cheshire Double Pedestal Dining Table 78” W x 46” D x 30 1/8” H extends to 132” with three 18” fillers.
Georgian Dining Table 78” W x 46 1/8” D x 30 1/2” H extends to 132” with three 18” fillers with aprons. Walnut inlayed with Satinwood
JW-9882A Regency Sideboard 72” W x 20 1/2 D x 37 1/2” H Crotch mahogany veneer door panels. Design elements from an early 19th century cabinet inspired this elegant sideboard. This regency-styled breakfront sideboard has three drawers with custom brass hardware and four doors across the front. The center drawer has a tray for Pacific Silvercloth® liners. Each door is embelllished with exotic crotch mahogany veneer and opens to reveal an adjustable shelf. Four turned, tapered and fluted posts ending in turned round feet support the uniquely shaped top. An ebony line creates the border on the mahogany top. Gold trim is optional.
The ram’s head was a common motif in Greek and Roman art.
The Eastern composition of this Indian syle mirror with its engrailed top silhouette borrows its form from the age-old architecture of the Indian subcontinent. The style termed “Oriental” was considered a curiosity by the British. An 18th century period mirror of this type was prized for its exotic romanticism. This extravagent piece, crafted of select hardwoods, boasts a coffered configuration of sixty-four individual pieces of beveled mirror, surrounded by a moulded frame available with a wide range of optional intricate finishes and decorations to select form.
JW-7516 British India Mirror 38 3/4” W x 72” H
JW-1732 Neoclassical Etagere 29” W x 21 1/2” D x 56 1/4” H This architecturally beautiful etagere draws its form from a 19th century German neoclassical design. The etagere features a stepped top panel veneered in solid cherry, surrounded by a classical carved and gilt egg-and-dart moulding. The top rests on four curved supports, lacquered black and headed by four cast brass aegricane, or ram’s heads, that enclose three fixed shelves and terminate in cast brass hoof ornaments. The ram’s head was a common motif in Greek and Roman art. The whole is raised on a conforming rectangular veneered platform.
JW-7345 George III Door Cabinet 43 3/4” W x 21 3/4” D x 36” H
This elegant 18th century George III English cabinet features a serpentine top veneered with interlocking oval patterns of crotch mahogany veneer, carefully defined with a black inlay line and surrounded by a quartered satinwood border, decorated with trails of scrolls and foliage. The two doors follow the top in form and decoration and are centered with a vertical brass astragal moulding. The enclosure is fitted with two trays and one adjustable shelf. Raised on a complementary waved apron and fitted with splayed bracket feet, this exceptional cabinet is crafted in mahogany solids and select mahogany and satinwood veneers.
JW-7341 Robert Adam Demi-Lune Commode 51 1/2” W x 16 3/8” D x 35 7/8” H Shown with optional marble top -M2 Inspired by neoclassical furniture developed by Robert Adam for English interiors in the 18th century, this semi-elliptical commode, profusely decorated with neoclassical motifs, embodies the Adam style in cabinetmaking. The top rests on a frieze rail decorated with architectural ornaments of swags and urns, and the single top drawer is centered by a classical wreath. Three panels feature classical ornaments and are traced on their periphery with lanquet style mouldings. The single locked door opens to one adjustable shelf and the whole is raised on four carved toupie feet. The cabinet is crafted in cherry solids and veneers.
Inspired by the Louis XVI period, this new interpretation in walnut solids and French walnut veneers brings Russian influence to a grand salon while maintaining its neoclassic identity. Bold geometric shapes with Macasssar ebony inserts enhance the impressive drawers of this robust drawer chest of 18th-century Russian origins. The patterns are surrounded in brass and set with hand-cast brass drop-handles and pulls. Available with either a wood top echoing geometric shapes or faux marble options, each conforming to the canted corners as do the fluted posts and canted legs.
This Louis XVI design is particularly interesting for its protruding block front, extending from the fillet and square-shaped top through the two drawers to the apron. Other notable design elements are the chamfered front corners, tapering quadrangular front legs, shaped bottom rail, solid brass ring pulls with medallion backplates, and brass escutcheon. Crafted in cherry veneers, this piece is available in any cherry, paint or lacquer finish with Regency decoration and gold trim standard.
Russian Chest 52 3/8” W x 21 3/16” D x 38” H
Regency Commode 38” W x 16” D x 32” H
JW-5940 Neoclassical Console Table 62” W x 20” D x 36” H This elegant Adam style, demi-lune console table is noteable for its excellent proportions and rich detail. Numerous neoclassical elements are incorporated, reflecting the fascination of 18th century designers, such as Robert Adam and George Hepplewhite, wih the archeological excavations in ancient Rome. The console features four reeded, tapered legs, each headed by an acanthus carving and terminating in a lotus flower carving. The fluted, demi-lune apron supports a conforming, resplendent top of quartered figured mahogany featuring a ribbon inlay of walnut burl; a leaf pattern with inlays of crotch swirl mahogany burl and maple; and a border of short-grain Santos rosewood.
JW-5993 Center Table 40” D x 30” H
Regency Center Table featuring a sunburst crotch mahogany top with a center star medallion of quartered macassar ebony and quartered tropical olive; a recessed apron with a molded edge; a turned and tapered column adorned with carved bracelets; and a tripartite base with concave sides resting on turned and carved feet. Gold trim is optional.
JW-5593 Russian Center Table 48” D x 30” H
This sculptural 19th century Russian center table features a beautiful marquetry inlaid top of fine exotic veneers. The center with its star of satinwood is framed by a field of exquisite walnut surrounded by a border of Karelian birch inset with maple and walnut burl. The whole is raised on three shaped supports resting on an arched, tripartite platform terminating in brass paw feet with conforming pads. Gold trim is optional.
Reminiscent of 17th century carvings, this cocktail table features an apron adorned with a Greek key pattern and English rosettes. The top of highly figured walnut veneer features a reverse diamond inlay executed with short grain walnut veneers. Graceful hand carved, turned, tapered and fluted legs descend to decorative feet.
This graceful 19th century French neoclassic-inspired cocktail table features a rectangular top wth demi-lune ends and a moulded edge inset with blind vitruvian scroll fretwork. The border surrounding the inset hand-beveled glass top is carefullly hand decorated with scrolling acanthus leaves and floral motifs. The top rests on six turned posts which are joined by concave stretchers ending in toupie feet.
English Rose Cocktail Table 52” W x 36” D x 20 1/8” H
Neoclassical Cocktail Table 40 1/2” W x 24 1/2” D x 19 1/16” H
JW-6381 Waldorf Sofa 94” W x 37 1/2” D x 35” H Seat height 21” , Seat depth 20” Arm height: 26” Width between arms: 66” This sofa exudes romance and sophistication. Characterized by an artfully hand-tufted serpentine back and pleated rolled arms. It features eight-way hand tied spring construction, a curvilinear boxed seat cushion with welt and a deep pleaed skirt.
The organically shaped column of this round occasional table conveys the look of a natural form. In this interpretation of the original design by the early 20th-century French master D’Armand Albert Rateau, the pedestal is enlivened with vertical reeding and the base with spiral carving. A lacquered field of gold-leaf squares embellishing the simple round top is protected by a glass insert as a practical consideration. With its clean lines and casual scale, this table is an artful companion to a modern chair. Also available with tortoise shell top.
JW-2708 Rateau Occasional Table 15 1/2” D x 24 5/16” H
This handsome cocktail table of early 19th century Regency influence is an anthology of classical motifs. A Greek inspired, inlaid band of satinwood and select veneers, cornered with classical palmettes, frames the top of matched American walnut stump of Angelstep figure. The movement of water- a favorite classical theme - is simulted in the richly carved frieze rail. The channeled sabre legs, solid-brass lion masks and hand-carved paw feet complete the decorative return to antiquity.
JW-7328 Southhill Cocktail Table 54” W x 34” D x 22” H
JW-2771 Iribe Salon Chair 27” W x 33” D x 44 1/2” H Seat height 21” , Seat depth 22” The fluid lines and assured style of this upholstered salon chair, inspired by the 20th century French designer Paul Iribe, bring a noticeable feeling of grandeur to a room. A continuous band of solid cherry outlines the sweeping curve of the high back and rounded seat.
This truly is furniture as art.
JW-2761 Chareau Bench 48” W x 16” D x 23” H Seat height 17”
JW-2762 Grand Chareau Bench 60” W x 16” D x 23” H Seat height 17”
This unpretentious bench, inspired by the 20th century French designer Pierre Chareau, proves that there can be great elegance in simplicity. The low, outward curving sides and straight seat are softened with upholstery. The exposed frame and sturdy legs of solid cherry, reinforced with horizontal stretchers, make this design a handsome and practical resting place, suited to a variety of decorative schemes.
JW-2720 Tripod Table 26” D x 27 1/2” H In style and detail, this round occasional table, presents a fresh version of the neoclassical ideal. The twelve-piece cherry sunburst top is supported by three gracefully splayed legs headed by voluted scrolls and trimmed with crisp brass sabots. The circular top and shaped shelf below make this table in cherry solids a sophisticated yet serviceable companion piece for a sofa or chaise.
Leleu Chaise (Left side facing) 76” W x 27” D x 38” H Seat height 14 1/2” Arm height 22”
Leleu Chaise (Right side facing)
Reminiscent of antique “fainting couches”, this impressive chaise is alluring and inviting. Inspired by the works of Jules and Andre Leleu and made with a continuously curved mahogany frame, this truly is furniture as art.
JW-0603 Jules Leleu Club Chair 31 1/2” W x 32 1/2” D x 30 1/2” H Seat height 18 1/2” Arm Height 23 1/2”
Inspired by a chair designed in 1927 by Jules Leleu for a private residence, this club chair is as comfortable as it is handsome. Crafted of solid cherry, the turned and fluted front legs taper elegantly. Optional large scale brass nail heads trim the curved back and sides, and the loose seat cushion is suspended on eight-way hand tied springs.
JW-2769 Chareau Club Chair 33” W x 32 1/2” D x 31” H Seat height 18 3/4” , Seat depth 19 3/4” Arm height 25” A series of planes fan out in an orderly sweep, defining the unusual gondola back of this upholstered club chair. The subtle angularity of the form is characteristic of the style of Pierce Chareau, the 20th century French designer whose work inspired this design. Cherry edging of sides and back emphasizes the chair's at-ease style and roomy proportions. Out-turned, solid-cherry legs flank the wide seat, conveying a sense of command in even the most relaxed situation.
The top of this elegant occasional table is inspired by 5th century Indian printed textiles. The radiant inlay pattern is a study in exotic native Indian woods. Satinwood, Indian rosewood and Macassar ebony are combined to form a lotus petal design. The top rests on an inlaid freize composed of saracenic motifs executed in Indian rosewood, teak and faux ivory with penwork decoration. The table is raised on five sabre legs terminating in brass sabots and joined by an arched stretcher centered with a cinquefoliated boss.
JW-7530 Saracenic Occasional Table 26â€? D x 29 1/2â€? H
Early 19th century George III table featuring a top inlaid with a geometric star and bordered with an interlocking pattern of triangles of olive and wenge veneers, then outlined with a thin band of rosewood. The apron has a scalloped edge with a staccato frieze of gilt rosettes, accented at the corners with turned inverted finials. Four reverse-curved legs joined by a concave quatrefoil stretcher scroll inward trimmed in optional gold.
JW-6321 George III Occasional Table 21” W x 21” D x 27” H
From the top down this early 19th-century George III table exudes eccentricity and charm. The square top is skillfully hand-painted with unique chinoiserie scenes bordered by geometric and floral motifs. The scalloped apron sports a staccato frieze of gilt rosettes, punctuated at the corners with inverted finials. Playful reverse curve legs further distinguish this piece as a lively addition to the English country style.
JW-6322 Chinoiserie Occasional Table 21” W x 21” D x 27” H
This inlaid pedestal table draws its inspiration from a Regency Teapoy crafted in rosewood and decorated with parquetry of various woods in geometric patterns. The circular top is veneered with concentric bands of Madrona burl, French walnut and Rosewood, each band divided by an ebony line. The top is supported by a rosewood and gilt moulded frieze on a turned, tapered and reeded stem with a flared collar. The concave-sided quadripartite base, with four scrolled square tapering legs, ends with brass paw feet and casters.
This Russian neoclassic design has a strong French influence evident in the wealth of brass embellishment: the ribbon-and-reed moulding; Egyptian-style caryatids, or female figures, beading which accentuates the outline of the tapered legs, ending in foliated sabots.
Teapoy Pedestal Table 30” D x 28” H
Russian Lamp Table 26 3/8” D x 29 1/2” H
Like the neoclassic designs of Emilio Terry, the French architect and dreamer, this small sculptural table achieves great stylistic refinement. The circular top features an elaborate geometric inlay of walnut burl, Indian rosewood, and Circassian walnut set in a field of maple burl and banded with Macassar ebony. Four sculptural legs joined by an open basket intersect at the base, resting their up-turned curves on fine-pointed feet. The design is reminiscent of Continental furniture of the early 19th-century.
JW-4230 Emilio Terry Sculptural Table 29â€? D x 28â€? H
40 These stylized 18th century chairs are distinguished by their pierced and carved oval wheel backs, horizontally serpentine aprons, crisply carved rosette on the front cornersand back rail, straight quadrangular front legs on block feet, and on the arm chair, the carved sinuous open arms.Gold trim is optional.
JW-4818 Wheel Back Side Chair 20” W x 25” D x 39” H Seat height 19 1/2”, Seat depth 19”
JW-4819 Wheelback Arm Chair 26” W x 26” D x 39 1/2” H Seat height 20”, Seat depth 19” Arm height 27”
Opposite: JW-2775 Louise XV Chaise 39 1/2” W x 68” D x 36 1/2” H Seat height 21 1/2” Luxury takes on voluptuous proportions in this upholstered Louis XV inspired chaise with shaped back and sides. The frame of mahogany solids in antique finish provides traditional support with its seat rail of sinuous curves flowing seamlessly into cabriole legs. A shiny row of brass mails trims the seat, where a long, soft cushion and a tailored back pillow extend an invitation to repose.
The Moderne bedroom suite won a gold medal in Paris after its introduction in 1900.
This Cubist-style wardrobe, resplendent in ribbon mahogany, rests on block feet and features door and drawer fronts veneered with figured English sycamore and trimmed with polished nickel hardware. The doors open to reveal three drawers and one adjustable shelf on the left and two adjustable shelves and a clothes rod on the right. Three large lower drawers provide ample storage space. Also available as a standard door chest with shelves as dividers, or as an entertainment cabinet. Shown with polished nickel bar pulls.
JW-1410 Wardrobe 44” W x 24” D x 78” H Mahogany and English Sycamore. JW-1411 Door Chest 44” W x 24” D x 78” H Mahogany and English Sycamore. JW-1412-PD Entertainment Cabinet 44” W x 24” D x 78” H TV opening 37” W x 22 1/2” D x 30” H Mahogany and English Sycamore. Features four doors, lower doors conceal drawers and shelves.
JW-1413-PD Entertainment Chest 44” W x 24” D x 78” H TV opening 37” W x 22 1/2” D x 30” H Same interior design as upper section of JW-1412.
JW-1408B (Queen) Sunburst Low Post Bed 66 1/2” W x 88” D x 53” H Headboard height 52” JW-1408L (King) Sunburst Low Post Bed 82 1/2” W x 88” D x 53” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1408CL (Cal. King) Sunburst Low Post Bed 78 1/2” W x 92” D x 53” H Headboard height 52”
This Moderne bed, crafted in mahogany solids, features obelisk-shaped low posts and bed panels veneered in a spectacular radiating sunburst pattern of figured English sycamore.
JW-1417 Tall Chest 40” W x 21” D x 60” H
Features ribbon mahogany veneer with mahogany solids and English sycamore veneer drawer fronts. Seven drawers. Two removeable dividers in the top two drawers. Shown with polihsed nickel bar pulls.
JW-1416 Mirror 50” W x 2 1/2” D x 38” H Rectangle landscape mirror featuring a beveled outer frame of figured English sycamore with a mahogany chamferred inner frame and outer edge.
JW-1415 Triple Dresser 74” W x 21” D x 35” H This Cubist-style triple dresser, resplendent in ribbon mahogany, rests on block feet and features drawer fronts veneered with dramatic figured English sycamore shown above with polished nickel stylized pulls, and at left with polished nickel bar pulls. Four large center drawers are flanked on each side by four smaller drawers; a jewelry tray is provided in the top right drawer.
This Moderne bed, crafted in mahogany solids, features obelisk-shaped high posts and bed panels veneered in a spectacular radiating sunburst pattern of figured English sycamore.
This Moderne bed, crafted in mahogany solids, features a high post headboard with bed panels veneered in a spectacular radiating sunburst pattern of figured English sycamore; low footboard.
Sunburst High Post Bed with Low Footboard 66 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52” Footboard posts 14 5/16”
(Cal. King) Sunburst High Post Bed with Low Footboard 78 1/2” W x 92” D x 80” H Headboard height 52” Footboard posts 14 5/16”
Sunburst High Post Bed 66 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1407L (King) Sunburst High Post Bed 82 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52” JW-1407CL (Cal. King) Sunburst High Post Bed 78 1/2” W x 92” D x 80” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1407LLFB (King) Sunburst High Post Bed with Low Footboard 82 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52” Footboard posts 14 5/16”
This Moderne bed, crafted in mahogany solids, features obelisk-shaped low posts and bed panels upholstered in fabric or leather.
Cubism was a highly influential art style of the early 19th century, inspired by artists like Picasso and Braque.
The Cubist night stand, resplendent in ribbon mahogany, rests on a block feet and features three identical drawers. The drawer fronts are veneered with dramatic figured English sycamore and trimmed with oiled bronze hardware.
JW-1402 Three-Drawer Night Stand 34” W x 20” D x 28” H
The Cubist night stand, resplendent in ribbon mahogany, rests on a plinth base and features a single drawer with open storage space above and below. The drawer front is veneered with dramatic figured English sycamore and trimmed with polished nickel hardware.
JW-1405B (Queen) High Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 66 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52”
Low Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 66 1/2” W x 88” D x 53” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1405L (King) High Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 82 1/2” W x 88” D x 80” H Headboard height 52”
Low Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 82 1/2” W x 88” D x 53” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1405CL (Cal. King)
JW-1406CL (Cal. King)
JW-1405 Series is available with optional low footboard JW-1405BLFB (Queen) JW-1405LLFB (King) JW-1405CLLFB (Cal. King) Footboard posts 14 15/16”
Low Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 78 1/2” W x 92” D x 53” H Headboard height 52”
High Post Bed with Upholstered Panels 78 1/2” W x 92” D x 80” H Headboard height 52”
JW-1401 Single Drawer Night Stand 30” W x 20” D x 28” H
Finish Information The Widdicomb Classics Collection is unsurpassed in the variety, complexity and quality of its finishes. Our wood finishes are specifically formulated to accentuate the character of the grain and texture of the woods for which they have been designed.
We always begin with the finest woods and veneers gathered from secure sources throughout the world. Skilled artisans use a variety of techniques to facilitate penetration of stains deep into the grain, in order to enhance their natural contrasts.
Highlighting, toning and shading are kept to a minimum in order to allow the natural beauty of the wood to rise to prominence. Wood finishes are treated to a series of applications of the finest clear lacquers available, which are then rubbed and polished into a deep, rich patina. With similar passion for their craft, other finishers execute the finest paint, faux, and laquer compositions, as well as a wide variety of decorative arts including hand painted designs, chinoiserie landscapes, and applications of gold and silver gilt. If it is possible that our standard finish offering cannot satisfy a particular requirement that you may have, please ask. Custom finish matching is always an available option.
Wood Finishes Each finish is offered with a choice of light distressing or no distressing with hand rubbing, done to your specification by some of the finest craftsmen in the industry. Your selection of distress and sheen as well as trim applications enables you to customize our standard finishes to satisfy your specific style and taste.
Each finish color offered for the Widdicomb Classics Collection has been custom formulated for quality and consistency in the application to a specific wood species. When reviewing individual item listings, a single character code is listed to represent the available finish grouping for the item. The wood finish groupings are based on the primary wood species and can be found in the table of standard wood finishes. For each species, a range of color tone is available and is indicated by the numeric element of the designation. The higher the number, the darker the tone.
In addition to trim options, both the distress and sheen must be specified on your purchase order. On orders placed without distress and sheen specified we will select one for you based on our interpretation of the design and tradition of the individual piece.
Primary Wood Specie
Standard Wood Finishes
Satinwood Karelian Birch
Standard Paint Finish
The art of painted finishes was historically used on traditional pieces before lacquer finishes were brought to Europe from Japan.
P10 White Tessarae - White paint, worn through to light colored wood with traces of fine cracklings, light distressing and antiqued; eggshell rub.
The paint finishes for the Widdicomb Classics Collection have been developed and refined to present not just a color, but a combination of texture, technique, distress and sheen. Due to the complex harmony of these many facts we recommend that you refer to your samples when selecting one of these finishes.
P45 Black Bone - A smooth black paint finish, lightly glazed creating soft appearance. No distress and a flat sheen.
Each paint finish involves a degree of distressing and rubbing, and deviation from the predefined combinations is subject to an up-charge as a special finish. When considering such changes always contact Customer Service for availability and pricing.
Trim See images and table below for trim options.
When specifying paint or lacquer finishes it is not necesssary to specify a distress or sheen.
These trim colors are available for paint, lacquer and wood finishes. When used as a trim, specify:
When used as a metal leaf finish, specify:
Gilt, Satin rub
Gold, rubbed through to base
Lacquer Finishes The Widdicomb Classics Collection’s many lacquered finishes offer a wide range of colors and effects that are suitable for smooth surfaced pieces.
Tortoise Shell Lacquer: Historic objects d’art of tortoise shell were the basis for our interpretation in the L55 and L60 finishes.
Our standard lacquer finishes are not available on all species of wood. Please consult individual item listings for availability.
Mottled Lacquer: These stain rub lacquers are created with muted variations of color. Each finish is enhanced with glazed shading and highlighting. Our mottled lacquers are L35 and L40.
Cinnabar Red Mottled
Bottle Green Mottled
Gold Brown Tortoiseshell
Finishes marked with an asterisk (*) are not available on all items. Individual item listings in the price list will indicate these exclusions.
Faux Finishes F82
Black & Gold Faux
Black Jewel Faux
Verde Antique Faux
Faux and marble aggregate finishes were developed for tops only. Availability and cost of faux finishes is indicated in the individual item’s listing in the price list. If you are interested in applying a faux finish to a top where availability is not indicated, contact your designer or sales associate for pricing. Similarily, for price and availability of entire pieces in these finishes, please inquire.
Standard Stickley mahogany and cherry finishes are available on John Widdicomb pieces at no additional charge.
Warranty We believe so strongly in the integrity of our workmanship that we offer you the Stickley Lifetime Promise. We want you to be truly pleased with your Stickley furniture as it becomes an important part of your family for generations to come. We offer a Manufacturerâ€™s Limited Lifetime Warranty against defects on all case goods except dining and office chairs. Showld the furniture fail structurally at any time during the lifetime of the original owner, because of workmanship or material, we will repair or replace at our discretion. Stickley offers Five Year Limited Warranty against defects on the following: dining chairs, office chairs, finishes, and mechanical devices (clock movements, recliner mechanisms, etc.). Should these items fail within five years of purchase due to manufacturing defects, we will repair or replace it at our discretion. This warranty does not apply to fabric or leather supplied by Stickley or the customer. Warranty does not apply to customer damage, alteration, or accident. Seasonal wood movement on solid wood products is normal and is not considered a warranty issue. For a copy of the Stickley Warranty in its entirety, please ask your Stickley retailer or visit www.Stickley.com With proper care, and the Stickley Lifetime Promise, you can be assured that your Stickley furniture is destined to become a cherished family heirloom.
Design Stickley reserves the right to change, modify, discontinue or improve any product designs, finishes, or specifications at our discretion and without prior notice.
Care For over a century, Stickley and John Widdicomb craftsmen have been making history by creating masterful pieces of furniture by hand. From designing each piece to executing the intricate details of making it a work of art, each step is meticulously perfected. Because we have taken so much care in making the treasured antiques of the future, we hope you will cherish each Stickley piece, and care for it accordingly, preserving its original beauty which will undoubtedly be enhanced with age. Please contact your John Widdicomb dealer or sales professional for detailed care guidelines for Stickley or John Widdicomb finishes or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JW-0603 JW-0650L JW-0650R JW-1401 JW-1402 JW-1405B JW-1405L JW-1405CL
Jules Leleu Club Chair 34 Leleu Chaise (Left Side Facing) 32, 33 Leleu Chaise (Right Side Facing) 32, 33 Single Drawer Night Stand 49 Three Drawer Night Stand 48, 49 High Post Queen Bed–Upholstery Panels 43 High Post King Bed–Upholstery Panels 43 High Post California King Bed– Upholstery Panels 43 JW-1406B Low Post Queen Bed–Upholstery Panels 48, 49 JW-1406L Low Post King Bed–Upholstery Panels 49 JW-1406CL Low Post California King Bed– Upholstery Panels 49 JW-1407B Sunburst High Post Queen Bed 47 JW-1407L Sunburst High Post King Bed 47 JW-1407CL Sunburst High Post California King Bed 47 JW-1408B Sunburst Low Post Queen Bed 42, 43 JW-1408L Sunburst Low Post King Bed 43 JW-1408CL Sunburst Low Post California King Bed 43 JW-1410 Wardrobe 43 JW-1411 Door Chest 43 JW-1412-PD Entertainment Cabinet 43 JW-1413-PD Entertainment Chest 43 JW-1415 Triple Dresser 42, 44, 45 JW-1416 Mirror 44, 45 JW-1417 Tall Chest 45 JW-1732 Neoclassical Etagere 11, 20, 21 JW-1773 Klismos Side Chair 15, 16 JW-1774 Klismos Arm Chair 15, 16 JW-2708 Rateau Occasional Table 30, 31 JW-2710 Russian Chest 24 JW-2720 Tripod Table 33 JW-2760 Petite Chareau Bench 33 JW-2761 Chareau Bench 33 JW-2762 Chareau Bench 33 JW-2769 Chareau Club Chair 34, 35 JW-2771 Iribe Salon Chair 30, 31
JW-2775 JW-3222 JW-4230 JW-4818 JW-4819 JW-5509 JW-5571 JW-5572 JW-5582 JW-5583 JW-5588 JW-5589 JW-5590 JW-5593 JW-5597 JW-5789 JW-5940 JW-5971 JW-5972 JW-5991 JW-5993 JW-6321 JW-6322 JW-6381 JW-7064 JW-7065 JW-7191 JW-7328 JW-7341 JW-7345 JW-7516 JW-7530 JW-9804 JW-9828 JW-9882A JW-9896
Louise XV Chaise Neoclassical Cocktail Table Emilio Terry Sculptural Table Wheel Back Side Chair Wheel Back Arm Chair Russian Lamp Table Russian Side Chair Russian Arm Chair Russian Credenza Russian China Top Russian China Cabinet Russian Double China Cabinet Russian Triple China Cabinet Russian Center Table Russian Dining Table Regency Commode Neoclassical Console Table Lyre Back Side Chair Lyre Back Arm Chair Cheshire Double Pedestal Dining Table Center Table George III Occasional Table Chinoiserie Occasional Table Waldorf Sofa Queen Anne Baroque Side Chair Queen Anne Baroque Arm Chair Georgian Dining Table Southhill Cocktail Table Robert Adam Demi-Lune Commode George III Door Cabinet British India Mirror Saracenic Occasional Table Teapoy Pedestal Table English Rose Cocktail Table Regency Sideboard Staffordshire Dining Table
40, 41 28 39 40 40 38 12, 13, 15 12, 13, 15 8, 9, 10 8, 9 10 10 10 26, 27 12, 13, 17 24 24, 25 6, 7, 15 6, 7, 15 6, 7, 18 26 37 37 28, 29 11, 14 11, 14 11, 18 31 22, 23 22 12, 13, 21 36 38 28 18, 19 16, 17
John Widdicomb is in an exclusive category in today’s fine furniture market. Having the ability and sheer skill to execute successfully difficult designs is one of the fundamental differences between John Widdicomb and other manufacturers.
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