The late 17th century passion for collecting Chinese porcelain and the later European porcelain, (a passion that has not abated), led to the design of various forms of cabinets for displaying the collection. There are various forms, and collectors can find pieces in the Sheraton, Queen Anne and Rococo revival manner dating from the Edwardian and later Victorian periods. Glazed china cabinets or bookcases were frequently made in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style. The half-round lead lighted china cabinets popular in the 1920s and 1930s, are not all as common as they used to be. Collectors should be careful of 'china cabinets' that have made up by a conversion from a bookcase, armoire or wardrobe.
Learn about Chippendale
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.
An early 20th century mahogany Chippendale style display cabinet, with astragal glazed doors and fret carving above cupboards and shaped apron and open shelf on pad feet, 150 width x 41.5 depth x 210 cm height
A mahogany display cabinet, circa 1920s, the Chinese Chippendale inspired breakfront cabinet with extended decorative moulding above a fluted motif to the central section having two glazed doors opening to shelves and a mirror backing, flanked by recessed
A mahogany Chinese Chippendale revival display cabinet, early 20th century, with mirror plated back, the open sectional shelves with fretted carved sides and galleries, with shaped base frieze and moulded cabriole leg with lion paw feet, 128 cm width x 35
An early 20th century Chippendale style mahogany china cabinet, with a moulded cornice and three glazed doors with flame mahogany panels, on square supports with splay feet and stretchers. Height 187 cm. Width 137 cm. Depth 43 cm.
A Chippendale style display cabinet, the mahogany glazed display case with flattened canopy and concave sides, with two internal glass shelves and lined in original damask, over two drawers on a carved skirt with four carved cabriole claw and ball legs
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