A Review of the Stickley John Widdicomb Furniture Collection

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

George Widdicomm left England in 1845 for New York, where he set up a cabinet shop in Syracuse. He left Syracuse in 1857 for Grand Rapids, Michigan. There he opened another cabinet shop along with several other carpenters. His experience in making fine English furniture paid off, for his style quickly became popular in an area of ​​America that was more accustomed to the pioneer style of furniture.

His products were a breath of fresh air and his business grew rapidly. John Widdicomb was George’s fourth son, inheriting his father’s ability to create the most beautiful furniture from local wood, as well as mahogany from Haiti and Mexico. John established his own business across the street from his father, producing wood fireplace mantels and other forms of interior woodwork.

The Dean of Furniture Design

John’s nephew Ralph Widdicombe joined him as a designer and eventually became known as the doyen of furniture design. They worked together for 53 years until John retired in 1951. The company continued in business until May 2002, when the Grand Rapids plant was closed and the assets were purchased by L. & JG Stickley.

It now operates as a division of Stickley in Manlius, New York. John Widdicomb’s furniture is still available as a collection marketed by Stickley, which offers a large number of reproductions of French, English, Italian and Russian designs, plus a selection of furniture in the American Modern Art style. John Widdicomb furniture is handcrafted to a very high quality and produced in limited numbers.

The John Widdicomb furniture collection offered by Stickley Furniture is suitable for any period home or public building looking for high quality reproduction furniture. The inlaid work and parquet are superb, using various high quality mahogany and wood veneers.

Russian cabinets look fabulous and offer insight into how Russian nobles and the royal family furnished their castles and palaces. With antique rear-view mirrors, touch-controlled lighting, and adjustable glass shelves, this is a beautiful reproduction piece of furniture that would grace any home and is available in single, double, or triple (126-inch) widths. Alternative backs are offered in plain wood or off-white moiré,

Dining tables and chairs

The 68-inch-long Russian table is made in the Catherine II style, topped with blended walnut veneers and framed with inlaid ebony. Alternatively, you could choose a 78-inch-long Georgian dining table, topped with Circassian walnut inlays and satinwood. The table rests on two mahogany pedestals, intricately turned and supported on cane saber legs.

You have a selection of chairs to accompany it, with and without arms. One example is a beautiful Baroque Queen Anne style side chair with finely curved cabriole legs. Another is the Georgian lyre back side chair, with square tapered legs. You may prefer a Russian chair to go with the Russian table, the John Widdicomb Russian Side Chair with Tapered Legs. Each of these three chairs is upholstered and covered in a period-appropriate brocade or fabric.

The John Widdicomb Furniture Collection offered by Stickley Furniture offers a wonderful selection of occasional tables and chairs, sideboards and other cabinetry, and a total of 34 possible stained, lacquered, marbled or painted finishes and many of the Widdicomb pieces are available in a selection of sizes and decorations.

The Saracen occasional table

A particularly attractive side table is the 26-inch-diameter Saracenic Circle Table. Standing 29.5 inches tall, this table’s design was inspired by a 15th-century Indian textile pattern. It offers a series of patterns that radiate from the center. These are inlaid in a number of attractive woods, namely satinwood, Indian rosewood and ebony, and there is also some decorated faux teak and ivory. The top is supported by five saber legs joined by a centered arched stretcher. You need to see this 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 are in need of reproduction furniture, John Widdicomb furniture is just one of the reproduction collections that Stickley offers. Each piece is handcrafted with care and love, and the new St. Croix Collection allows you to furnish your home in the old colonial Caribbean style.

Whatever style you’re trying to recreate in your home, you’ll find what you want in the Stickley furniture range. The John Widdicomb furniture collection is particularly useful for those looking to recreate the old Russian and French Imperial eras, or if you prefer, the Georgian period of English and American history.

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