The Chippendale furniture workshop was founded by Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), a Yorkshireman and son of a joiner who became one of London’s finest cabinet makers of the mid-eighteenth century. In 1754, Chippendale became the first cabinet maker to publish a book of his designs, entitled ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director’, which was a great success, and led to his designs being copied and reproduced not only in London, but across Britain, on the Continent, and around the world.
The workshop was continued by his son, who worked predominantly in the Regency neo-Classical style. The family firm collapsed in the early 19th century, but Chippendale-style furniture retained its popularity and remains highly desirable to this day. In recent years, some particularly rare examples of original Chippendale furniture have sold for over £3m at auction.
Finding a piece of furniture and wondering if it would suit your living room is one thing, but to truly comprehend the era and influence of the style of the item is another. To aid you in better understanding the different styles and origin of items on auction, we have provided a brief history of styles and trends of each era starting from the 16th century until the present day.