Fine Quality Bureau Bookcase After Thomas Chippendale (c. 1760 United Kingdom)

GBP 5,800.00

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Object Description

Good early antique bureau bookcase made of a really choice cut of Cuban mahogany. This is one of the best bureau bookcases of the period that we have seen. It has everything, mirror doors, slide out candle holders, secret compartments, and many smaller drawers for stamps, paper clips and other office clutter. Best of all it has the door shape with mirror surround straight out of the Chippendale directiore.

English circa 1760

Object History

Object Literature

Born 1718
Died 1779
Thomas Chippendale’s name is freely used as a convenient generic label to describe all Director-style furniture. He enjoys an international reputation as author of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers Director (1754) and is often described as ‘the Shakespeare of English furniture makers’.
Chippendale s workshop was established in St Martins Lane, London by 1753. More furniture from Chippendale’s workshop has been identified – about 700 items – than from any of his rivals. Chippendale therefore fulfils the most important requirement of any major artistic figure: he has left a substantial body of high quality work that displays a steady development from an early through a middle to a late style.
Through his associations with artists and designers, Chippendale appeared to be very aware of the possibilities that the fashionable Rococo taste offered. He appreciated Matthias Lock, a designer whose style included the use of ‘c’ scrolls, flowers, masks, birds, winged dragons and leaping hounds for his ideas and originality.
Chippendale’s fame came from his enterprise in publishing an extensive set of furniture designs in the new Rococo manner at a time when although architects pattern books were common, but never had such a book been produced solely devoted to furniture.

Makers Bibliography:
Brackett, Oliver Thomas Chippendale, A Study Of His Life, Hodder & Stoughton, (London), 1925.
Coleridge, Anthony The work of Thomas Chippendale and his contemporaries in the rococo taste Faber & Faber, 1968.

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