Chippendale Chairs

A Chippendale chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous. – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, inventor of modern architecture and the glass skyscraper

A glass skyscraper is never called a Mies van der Rohe, perhaps is should.

Chippendale chair

Thomas Chippendale (1718 –1779) – London cabinet-maker, published in 1754 The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director codifying the fashion in England for creative blends of Gothic, Asian, and French Rococo designs of Louis  XV.

Chairs in the Chippendale style became rectilinear, the stiles straight and outwardly-flaring at the top corners, back splats, which were formerly solid in the Queen Anne style, came to be pierced and intricately carved with foliage and interlacing patterns. Chair legs were either straight or more fanciful with ball and eagle claws. Of all the Chippendale chairs, the ribbon-back chair with a broad seat and cupid’s bow-style back rail is the most well-known.


Author: traditionshome

Stickley Furniture and unique home furnishings in Overland Park and Wichita, .

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