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Happy Birthday Thomas Chippendale.

Born in Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire in England on the 5th of June 1718, Thomas Chippendale Senior became Britain’s most iconic – some would say pre-eminent – cabinetmaker and decorator. Christie’s tribute. Jack plane. Advertisements

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Chippendale: The Man and the Myth

Whilst the Chippendale 300 exhibition is still current at Leeds City Museum, Thomas Chippendale is also being celebrated across the Atlantic this month. A lecture, Chippendale: The Man and the Myth will be hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical … Continue reading

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New Book | The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior

Judith Goodison, The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale Junior (Philip Wilson, 2017), 464 pages, ISBN: 9781781300565, £65 / $95. The Chippendale cabinet-making firm, founded by Thomas Chippendale senior in about 1750 became famous partly through the successful publication of … Continue reading

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Chippendale 300

Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018 9 February – 9 June 2018, Leeds City Museum, LS2 8BH, UK This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), Britain’s most famous furniture maker. It will be the … Continue reading

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Picture This LXXXI

The rather nice mahogany chest of drawers in figure 1 is lot 313 in Bonhams’ The Scottish Sale in Edinburgh on the 13th of April 2016. Fig. 1. George III six-drawer chest, circa 1765. (Bonhams) The chest is possibly by … Continue reading

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Chippendale S-hole Locks and Escutcheons

Some of the less flamboyant everyday (non-commissioned?) case furniture produced in Thomas Chippendale’s workshop bore – what are reputedly his favourite[1] – floral-and-torus bails (figs. 1 & 2). Fig. 1. Plain brass floral-and-torus bail, circa 1765. Fig. 2. Gilt brass … Continue reading

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Picture This XI

Following on from Picture This V, I discovered further examples of Thomas Chippendale’s favourite style of bail fitted back-to-front, this time, in a Bonhams sale.   Two reversed bails on mahogany linen press. (Bonhams) Jack Plane

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The Case for Protecting Upholstery

The eighteenth-century witnessed an immense rise – and imbalance – in personal wealth, spawning the demand for comfortable and fashionable furnishings. Ownership of upholstered chairs and sofas would have come at considerable cost, confirming one’s status. It would have been … Continue reading

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Christie’s The Exceptional Sale, 5th July 2012

Christie’s latest The Exceptional Sale is coming up on 5th July at their rooms in King Street, London and it boasts some extremely rare items by some of the country’s most eminent designers and makers from the seventeenth- and eighteenth-centuries. … Continue reading

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