Probably the only household name in antique furniture, taking the last name of Thomas Chippendale, a furniture London cabinet maker and furniture designer who published a book of his designs, titled 'The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director' in 1754.
The designs in the book reflected the current London fashion for furniture for that period, and were used by other cabinet makers outside London.
Very little of the furniture described as 'Chippendale' can be actually traced to Chippendale's workshop, and if it can, the value of the items is greatly increased. Certainty of manufacture by Chippendale would require an invoice from the time, together with a history of the item since manufacture.
In fact most 'Chippendale' furniture that comes onto the market was made at a later date following in various degrees the designs from his 'Director', as the popularity of Chippendale designs has continued through to the present time. more...The name 'Chippendale' has become a generic term for furniture in the style associated with him and sometimes in later examples, the style bears little resemblance to the designs in the 'Director'
Chippendale was also an interior designer who advised on soft furnishings and colours and his aristocratic commissions included Blair Castle Perthshire for the Duke of Atholl, Harewood House Yorkshire for Edwin Lascelles and Petworth House Sussex for the 3rd Earl of Egremont. In all 26 of these commission have been identified and furniture from Chippendale's workshop can be identified in these houses.
Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was born in Yorkshire and appears to have come to London about 1745. he was in partnership with James Rannie, a cabinetmaker from about 1753 until Rannie's death in 1766, and then with Thomas Haig from 1771. At the time the partnership was formed, Chippendale is recorded as employing 22 cabinetmakers in his workshop.
Following Chippendale's death in 1771, his son Thomas Chippendale II took over his share of the business and continued the partnership with Haig until 1796. Thomas Chippendale II opened showrooms in the Haymarket, London, and then moved to Jermyn Street in 1821. Thomas Chippendale II died in 1823.
A Georgian oak Chippendale country chair, late 18th century, the chair with a slightly wedge shaped back, a straight crest and a pierced vasiform splat, a drop in seat and ogee shaped spandrels to the seating rail, supported on square form legs United by a
Two fine Georgian Chippendale mahogany elbow chairs. Late 18th century, each with a fine patina and of generous proportions with serpentine and winged cresting rails, with pierced vasiform splats, curvaceous arms to square form drop in seats, and square fo
Two fine Georgian mahogany elbow chairs. Early 19th century. Both of generous proportions, one in the Chippendale Gothic taste with a pierced floriform splat and the other with a unadorned shaped splat, both with serpentine cresting rails, curvaceous arms
A pair of Chippendale revival mahogany carvers, early 20th century, the ribbon back chairs with undulating crests and a splat of gothic style knots and a quatrefoil cut out motif, shaped arms to square form seats and curvaceous legs terminating in ball and
A vintage mahogany open elbow chair, of Chippendale style, with an elaborate pierced vase shaped splat, shaped top rail, tapering square section legs, stretcher base and drop-in seat with a striped fabric cover
A pair of William IV buttoned leather tub chairs in the Chippendale manner, each with a rectangular back above roll over arms upholstered in studded and buttoned leather raised on rectangular supports.
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