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A Review of the Stickley John Widdicomb Furniture Collection

The Stickley John Widdicomb furniture collection is not only beautifully made, but rich in English and American traditions. It is used in embassies and stately homes around the world and is famous not only for the quality of the craftsmanship involved in its construction, but also for its unique designs and the use of beautiful veneers and hand-painted motifs.

George Widdicomb left England in 1845 for New York, where he opened a furniture store in Syracuse. He left Syracuse in 1857 and headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he opened another furniture store along with many other carpenters. His experience in making fine English furniture has paid off, because his style quickly became popular in an area of ​​America that was more accustomed to the pioneering style of furniture.

His products were a breath of fresh air and his business grew rapidly. John Widdicomb was George’s fourth child, and inherited his father’s ability to create the most beautiful furniture from local wood and mahogany from Haiti and Mexico. John started his own business in front of his father, producing wooden fireplaces and other forms of internal wood

The Dean of Furniture Design

John’s grandson Ralph Widdicombe joined him as a designer and eventually became known as Dean of furniture design. They worked together for 53 years until John retired in 1951. The company continued to work until May 2002, when the Grand Rapids plant was closed and the businesses purchased from L. & JG Stickley.

It now operates as a Stickley division in Manlius, New York. John Widdicomb furniture is still available as a collection marketed by Stickley, which offers a large number of reproductions of French, English, Italian and Russian design, as well as a selection of modern American style furniture. John Widdicomb furniture is handmade with a very high quality and produced in limited quantities.

The John Widdicomb furniture collection offered by Stickley furniture is suitable for any home or public building looking for high quality furniture. The inlay and the parquet are magnificent, with a series of wood veneers and a high grade of mahogany.

The Russian toilets look fabulous, offering insight into how Russian nobles and the royal family furnished their castles and palaces. With antique rear view mirrors, tactile control lighting and adjustable glass shelves, this is a beautiful reproduction furniture that would beautify any home and is available in single, double or triple (126 inches) width. Simple alternative backs in wood or off-white are offered,

Dining tables and chairs

The 68-inch long Russian table is made in Catherine II style, topped with matching walnut veneers and with an inlaid ebony frame. Alternatively, you can choose a 78-inch long Georgian dining table, topped with Circassian inlays in walnut and satin wood. The table lies on two mahogany pedestals, turned in a complex way and resting on saber legs.

You have a choice of chairs to match, with and without armrests. One example is a beautiful Baroque Queen Anne side chair with finely curved cabriole legs. Another is the side chair in Georgian lira, with tapered square legs. You may prefer a Russian chair to combine with the Russian table, the Russian John Widdicomb side chair with tapered legs. Each of these three chairs is padded and covered in brocade or fabric suitable for the period.

The John Widdicomb furniture collection offered by Stickley furniture offers a wonderful choice of occasional tables and chairs, sideboards and other furniture, and a total of 34 possible colored, lacquered, marbled or painted finishes and many of the Widdicomb pieces are available in a choice of sizes and finishes.

The occasional Saracen table

A particularly attractive occasional table is the 26-inch diameter Saracen circular table. Standing 29.5 inches tall, the design of this table was inspired by an Indian textile pattern from the 15th century. It offers a variety of motifs radiating from the center. These are inlaid in a number of attractive woods, namely satin wood, Indian rosewood and ebony, and there is also some decorated teak and faux ivory. The upper part is supported by five saber legs joined by an arched stretcher. You have to see it to appreciate its great beauty, reminiscent of ancient India.

The John Widdicomb furniture collection is offered by L. & JG Stickley, of Manlius New York. If you need reproduction furniture, John Widdicomb furniture is just one of the reproduction collections that Stickley offers. Each piece is handmade with care and loving kindness and the new St. Croix collection allows you to decorate your home in the old colonial Caribbean style.

Regardless of the style you are looking to recreate in your home, you will find what you want in the Stickley furniture range. The John Widdicomb furniture collection is particularly useful for those looking to create the ancient Russian and French imperial eras, or if you prefer, the Georgian period of English and American history.


by Peter Nisbet

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