Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale was the first designer to so impress his personality on his work that the particular style that he helped develop has borne his name ever since. He was a carver by trade, but. later started in business in St. Martins Line, London. His book, the "Gentlemen's and Cabinetmakers' Directory," was published in 1754 and a later edition in 1762.

Chippendale chairs are probably better known than any of his other work. They are noted for their beautiful proportions and delicate carvings. His designs were largely a combination of Gothic, rococo and Chinese detail, all of wh;ch he combined with rare skill. His Chinese frets were exceptionally tine. One class of his designs was very similar to the Louis XV. style, so popular m France at that time. The cabriole leg, ball and claw-foot, were both used by him as also were a variety of straight, square legs, plain or with the Chinese fret work laid on or cut through. The slip seat was a characteristic feature of his chairs.

Chippendale's book shows designs for a great variety of all kmds of furniture. Mahogany was the principal wood used. Carving was the metlk>d of ornamentation. Chippendale never used inlay and very little turning.

Characteristic, features of the style are: Latticed and ribbon-backed chairs, bands of fret work and rococo carvings.

Rococo Carving

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Ribbor Baik Chair, from Chipren-dale'* Book.

Chippi ndale Chair, Middk of l«th Centwy. South K* nsiriirtrn Muslim..

Ribbor Baik Chair, from Chipren-dale'* Book.

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Chinese Chippendale Chair from Chippendale's book.

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