2Covet are proud to present this Chippendale Period Mahogany Four Poster Bed, from W R Harvey & Co. Antiques Ltd.
Thomas Chippendale was an English cabinet maker whose furniture was fashionable in the mid to late 18th century. During this time, craftsmanship had reached a peak and Chippendale became historically significant as the first English style of furniture to be named after the cabinet maker and not the monarch.
Born in Otley, Yorkshire in 1718, Thomas Chippendale remained in his home town in until the age of 30 when he moved to London and started a business as a cabinet maker. By 1754, Chippendale had published the pattern book ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director’ which firmly established his position as one of the most esteemed cabinet makers of the 18th century.
Chippendale is also renowned for the congruous synthesis of Rococo, Gothic and Chinese design in his early pieces. Bringing together gothic style pointed arches, toned down flamboyancy from French Rococo and oriental style Chinese lacquer, Chippendale understood the bilateral compromise between design and practicality.
Throughout the second half of the 18th century, the modus operandi simplified and designs morphed into what is referred to as Country Chippendale and Irish Chippendale. These pieces did not compare in quality to Thomas Chippendale’s early craftsmanship, but were nonetheless important as they represented the shift towards functionality that assisted in the running of the home.
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