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Thomas Chippendale

Yorkshire-born Thomas Chippendale is probably the most famous name associated with English cabinetmaking. Born in 1718, he established a successful workshop in Saint Martin’s Lane, supplying prestigious clients with fashionable furniture made from exotic woods for their grand London and Country houses.

His celebrated book of furniture designs from 1754 – The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director (popularly known as Chippendale’s Director) – was effectively the first furniture design catalogue allowing others to produce pieces in the same fashionable French-inspired style.


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Trade gears up for Chippendale anniversary

02 October 2017

Dealers in English furniture are putting their weight behind events in 2018 marking the life of Britain’s most famous furniture maker, designer and entrepreneur, Thomas Chippendale (1718-79).

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Mahogany commode with more than a hint of Chippendale

26 January 2015

A fine quality mahogany commode with a blue-chip provenance proved the star lot at Lawrences’ latest furniture auction in Crewkerne.

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Golden age pieces make their mark

23 July 2014

A recent sale at Bamfords of Derby included two outstanding pieces of Chippendale period rococo furniture, both consigned by a local lady who had inherited them from her father.

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The £84,000 hint that it might be Chippendale

24 November 2008

THIS imposing but relatively plain 5ft 6in (1.69m) wide mahogany centre pedestal desk c.1760 was a last-minute entry to Addison's of Barnards Castle fine art and antiques sale on November 15.

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A new record for British furniture at £2.4m

23 June 2008

Christie’s King Street devoted an entire day to traditional English furnishings when a 369-lot all-day sale of the collection of the late Simon Sainsbury was followed by a highly select, mixed-owner, 12-lot evening auction of what they termed “exceptional furniture”.

Chippendale study day in Yorkshire

27 May 2008

Tennants are hosting a study day titled The Marquetry Furniture of Thomas Chippendale.

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New hopes for an English furniture record

21 April 2008

Christie’s are confidently expecting to set a new auction record for British furniture in London on June 18 when they offer a small but exclusive auction of just a dozen lots under the title 12: Exceptional furniture.

Spicing up a ‘Chippendale’

20 August 2003

FRANCE: The 162-lot Piasa (17.94/11.96% buyer’s premium) furniture sale on June 25 was 70 per cent sold by lot and brought €1.8m (£1.24m) hammer, with a three-drawered Louis XVI citronwood-veneered bureau plat, with painted metal decoration of arabesques and blue and white medallions, evocative of the work of Pierre Macret (active 1756-85), selling for €340,000 (£234,000) – helped by its leather top with crowned N and imperial corner eagles.

How a desire to play the game cost one bidder $1.2m

09 July 2001

USA: A Philadelphia mahogany Chippendale games table, that represented the discovery of a lifetime for a small Massachusetts auction house, was bought by New York City firm Israel Sack Inc. for a massive $1.2m ($1.32m including the 10 per cent buyer’s premium) on June 4.

For the home decorator with everything

12 March 2001

UK: “I HAVE never understood why stools make so much money,” said one dealer after the seeing this late 19th century Chippendale-style pair, left, go under the hammer at Phillips Knowle sale. “They never seem to be used for anything but piling up newspapers in sitting rooms.”

Set of five Chippendale chairs

15 November 1999

UK: TWO from a set of five Chippendale mahogany dining chairs sold for £120,000 (plus 15 per cent premium) as part of the sale of objects from Hever Castle, Kent conducted ‘on the premises’ by Weller King on November 9.

A sleeper in Sussex

26 April 1999

UK: A George III Chippendale style giltwood wall mirror with a swan neck and cartouche pediment, 7ft 10in high by 3ft 5in wide (2.39 x 1.04m) was consigned to Gorringes’ sale in Lewes on April 21 with expectations of £2500-3000 and sold to a telephone bidder at £22,000 plus 10 per cent premium.