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...

Learn about Chinese Chippendale

Chippendale style furniture, inspired by his book, 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers Director' published in 1754, employing chiefly straight lines with Chinese motif decoration such faux bamboo turnings, blind fretwork, lattice and sometimes decorated with Chinese style painting. The fashion continued during the Regency period, as can be seen at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, and into the 19th century.
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A George III inverted breakfront bookcase, the cornice with moulded Chinese Chippendale decoration, above astral glazed doors, below four panelled doors, 255 cm wide approx., 40 cm deep. Provenance: Connoisseurs Stores. Melbourne, The Estate of Stanley Cra

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