Thomas Chippendale is undoubtedly the most famous English cabinet-maker and furniture designer. Born in 1718 his fame stems from his magnus opus 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director' (1754). This was the first widely disseminated furniture pattern book of the Eighteenth Century which was purchased by prospective patrons and fellow cabinet-makers.

A fine Chippendale period carved giltwood mirror.

This self promotion helped him obtain his first significant commission at Dumfries House in the late 1750s. The collection of furniture At Dumfries House exemplifies Chippendale's early rococo style which fuses C and S scrolls with Gothic, Chinese and Neo-classical elements. This collection also includes furniture made by many of the leading Scottish cabinet-makers such as Alexander Peter who were clearly influenced by Chippendale's Designs.

A Chippendale period kettle stand, the French Scroll Toe is typical of the furniture supplied to Dumries House.

As Thomas Chippendale's career progressed his style matured to a more refined Neo-classicism typified by the furniture he supplied to Nostell Priory (late 1760s) and Harewood House (1770s).

A handsome Chippendale period mahogany breakfront bookcase, its handle is identical to one used by Chippendale at Nostell Priory.

After Thomas Chippendale's death in 1778 his son Thomas Chippendale Junior continued the business with his father's business partner Thomas Haig.

To learn more about Thomas Chippendale we would recommend joining The Chippendale Society.

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August 20, 2010 — Peter Alexander