18 Jun 2018
June 11, 2018 - Filed under: History of Antiques — Richard

Several events are being held across the country to celebrate the tricentenary of furniture maker Thomas Chippendale, who was born on June 5th, 300 years ago in Yorkshire.

Edwin Lascelles was a significant Chippendale patron who lived in Harewood House near Leeds. Harewood is hosting a number of events in 2018 to commemorate Chippendale’s Life.

The Chippendale Society is holding a celebration in Otley to mark the fact that Chippendale was baptised in Otley Parish Church. Anthony Coleridge, a Chippendale scholar will present a talk about the cabinet maker.

The Master Carver’s Association is holding an exhibition at the Tomasso London gallery to celebrate Chippendale’s life. Chippendale 300 is a program of events and exhibitions held in many historic houses and museums.

On September 7, a study day about the genius of Thomas Chippendale will take place at Firle Place, East Sussex, home of Chippendale’s Panshanger Cabinet.

There will be several auction sales of Chippendale Furniture in 2018. The furniture is expensive with some pieces fetching over £1 million in recent years. In 2010, a 1770 commode made by Thomas Chippendale was sold for over £4 million which was the most expensive piece of English furniture ever sold.

It is rare to find genuine Chippendale furniture in Lancashire antique shops, but his furniture was copied by many other cabinet makers. You can purchase antique cabinets, chairs and dining tables made in the Chippendale style for several hundred pounds. To the non-expert, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a genuine Chippendale piece and a well-crafted copy.

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