Chippendale Furniture: Acquire The Skills To Identify Original Pieces

Thomas Chippendale, acknowledged for the Chippendale furniture, was born in the year 1718. He was observed to be a great adapter as he absorbed the best ideas of his time and used them to create most of his products.

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Sacramento, CA - Jul 29, 2017 - Thomas Chippendale, acknowledged for the Chippendale furniture, was born in the year 1718. He was observed to be a great adapter as he absorbed the best ideas of his time and used them to create most of his products.

Thomas was a fine wood carver and his skills were unequaled. He was able to produce some of the finest English furniture pieces of his time. He did not just create the loveliest carvings, he was also a known cabinetmaker and an effective businessman. Because of his expertise in furniture design, he was also able to publish his own book of furniture styles. It was no surprise that the book – Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director – became a big hit and pretty soon, customers were lining up to him.

The release of the book had a downside, though. Soon, cabinetmakers were copying Thomas’s works by using the models that they saw in his bestselling work. This is why, there was a great explosion of Chippendale pieces back then when the truth is, not all were made by the great master. These adapted designs evolved in time making it difficult to know which ones actually came from the hands of Thomas.

Here are some of the fail proof clues for the original Chippendale pieces –

  • Find the Rococo motifs in open-carved backs. This style was greatly influenced by the reign of Louis XV. Back then, Thomas Chippendale took the French design attributed to Louis XV and revolutionized it into the English Rococo pieces. The Chippendale chairs can be seen with carved mahogany backs. These are different from the French chairs since they do not have upholstered backs.
  • Another culture that has greatly influenced the Chippendale design is Chinese. There are a few chairs that reflect the outline of pagodas at their back rests. Other pieces reflected fretwork on chairs’ backs. These are direct copies of the graceful Chinese designs during that period. Chippendale, aswas mentioned, was greatly imitated by a lot of craftsmen during this period so any piece that comes with like motif can be aptly referred to as Chinese Chippendale even when other workers created them.
  • Open pediment is a motif that is often attributed to Chippendale. These are generally seen in casepiece tops. These days, they are now called Chippendale clocks because they were used by Thomas in many of his grandfather clocks. This may not have been invented by the master himself but this Queen Anne period motif was greatly identified to Thomas because he used it often in his designs.
  • Another great influence in Chippendale’s works was gothic style. This motif shows pointed arches which depict the Gothic cathedrals.
  • A lot of Chippendale pieces come with cabriole legs. These are the curving or fluted designs which are now seen in many American cabinetmakers’ designs.
  • Now look down to the Chippendale style claw-and-ball feet. This style was already outdated among English furniture craftsmen of this day so seeing them in a piece could only mean that you are looking at an original.
  • Other Chippendale features include the finest upholsteries with the top railings designed with a yoke shape. The arm and side chairs have back splats that are intricately pierced.
  • Shell motifs may also be seen especially the ones that were created during the Queen Anne period. They may not be prevalent but when you do get to see them, you are one of the few luckiest.

Repros of the Chippendale pieces were mass produced around the 1900s more specifically the late-Victorian period. These may be considered antiques but they are still a notch lower than the authentic Chippendale pieces.

Source : McCreery's Home Furnishings

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