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 fine George II fret carved mahogany bureau cabinet, circa 1760, in the Chippendale Gothic style with dentilled cornice above a fretwork border with glazed doors with gothic tracery flanked by cluster columns fitted with two glass shelves, the panelled sl
A carved Chippendale style oak pedestal desk, circa 1920s, the English made desk with a felted top and relief carved edging above a frieze drawer and pedestals each with fleur de lys embellishments and cast brass swing handles and shaped plates, a gadroon
Vintage Chippendale style mahogany sideboard by Edward Hill, Sydney (signature seal displayed on interior right hand cupboard door) with 3 centered drawers and 2 outer cabinets, inverted breakfront shape on ball and claw legs, 184 cm wide, 59 cm deep, 99 c
Fine & rare antique George III Chippendale mahogany tea table with fine turned spindle gallery, carved central support with three out swept ball & pearl legs. Purchased Leslie Walford 1950's with original receipt, approx 75 cm high, 82 cm diameter
A rare Georgian Chippendale mahogany chest on chest, the top section with two small drawers and three graduated full width drawers, the base with brushing slide and three graduated full width drawers, flanked by blind fretwork, the architectural 'breakarch
Pair early 19th century Girandole Looking glasses by William Boswell of Norwich with floral and scroll cresting and rococo scroll decorated frames in the Chippendale style with original silvered plates both with original printed trade labels of William Bos
A 19th century Chippendale style mahogany card table. Rectangular form with serpentine outline, the hinged top enclosing a baize interior with square chamfered legs. Provenance: Connoisseur Store, purchased circa 1960. 73 cm high, 94 cm wide, 47 cm deep.
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