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The Mysterious Mr. Chippendale

Thomas Chippendale – arguably the most well-known and influential cabinetmaker of the 18th century – was born in Yorkshire in 1718 but little is known about the man himself despite his fame. Trained by his father John and the aptly … Read more

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‘A Pleasure to Grasp and a Delight to Behold’

Reading ‘At Home, a Short History of Private Life’ by author Bill Bryson this passage on the history of mahogany stood out for its eloquence.

Mahogany was introduced to British carpentry in the mid 18th century and soon superseded oak as the wood of choice in fashionable households. It soon becomes apparent why…

It could be carved and fretted into the delicate shapes that perfectly suited the exuberance of rococo, yet was strong enough to be a piece of furniture. No wood had had these characteristics before: suddenly furniture had a sculptural quality. Read more

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What’s in a name? The Fauteuil

Fauteuil is a French term that originated in the 18th century and describes a chair with an exposed wooden frame and upholstered seat, back and arms. This grand Rep-li-ca fauteuil is English and is in the manner of the noted cabinetmaker Matthias Lock. A follower of master craftsmen Chippendale and Robert Adam, he was noted for his elaborate designs. Read more

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Eighteenth-century cabinetmakers were known for their love of classical proportions, and this bookcase does not disappoint. It uses exceptional flame mahogany veneers and employs an unusual astragal that is also found in the Dundas bookcase by Thomas Chippendale, which sold at Christie’s London in 2008 for over $4,000,000 USD. Read more

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