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...
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A set six of 18th century oak and elm Chippendale chairs together with a pair of cabriole leg elbow chairs

A fine set of six walnut Chippendale chairs and two carvers, circa 1750’s, each with shaped and scrolled cresting rails, a pierced splat and side rails with restrained carved floral motifs, seating rails with drop, and cabriole legs with floral carved knee

A set of six early 19th century country Chippendale mahogany dining chairs, each with a pierced vase shaped upright splat, shaped front on square chamfered legs with stretchers

A set of six 18th century country oak and elm Chippendale style chairs, each chair with vase shaped back splat, drop-in seat raised on square chamfered legs

A set of six Chippendale style mahogany dining chairs, English, 20th century

A set of six Chippendale style dining chairs, ball and claw feet

A set of six mid 20th century mahogany dining chairs in the Chippendale 'Ribband back' style together with a very similar armchair, the foliate carved top rails above ribbon and foliate splats, on rocaille and foliate carved cabriole legs withy scroll feet

A set of six mahogany Chippendale style dining room chairs with upholstered drop in seats

A set of six Chippendale style mahogany dining chairs including two carvers (6)

Set of six Victorian Chippendale style mahogany dining chairs, including two carvers, with finely decorated backs and upholstered leather seats

A good set of six George III mahogany dining chairs, together with a pair of later matching armchairs in the Chippendale manner, the shaped top rail with over scrolled ends above a pierced splat, drop in needlepoint seats, a plain rail and raised on cabrio