By Thomas Chippendale
Thomas Chippendale (1718–79) was once the main well-known and such a lot expert of England's grasp cabinet-makers. So synonymous with excellence in layout and craftsmanship was once he that his identify has been given to the main perfect interval of English furnishings design.
In 1774, Chippendale issued a list of all his designs, an impressive compilation of one hundred sixty engraved plates representing the existing furnishings kinds, rather the French (Louis XXV), Gothic, and Chinese-manner items for which he used to be most sensible identified. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the most vital and thorough catalogue of furnishings designs that had ever been released in England, used to be drastically influential, spreading quick in the course of the Continent and the colonies and guiding the fashion and building of furnishings far and wide. A moment version used to be shaped the next yr, and a 3rd in 1762. this present day this vintage assortment is a really infrequent and hugely valued work.
This quantity is an unaltered and unabridged republication of the 1762 version of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. The articles of furnishings depicted are tremendous diversified: chairs, sofas, cover and dome beds, window cornices, breakfast tables, shaving tables, commodes, chamber organs, cupboards, candle stands, cisterns, chimney items, photo frames, frets, and different undefined. The plates include stylish drawings that express the original mixture of solidity of development and lightness and charm that used to be the Chippendale trademark, in addition to many building diagrams, elevations, and enlargements of moldings and different information. as well as the plates, this quantity additionally incorporates a complement of images of sixteenth-century Chippendale-style items, together with a few done by way of Chippendale, whole captions to the photographs, and a quick biographical comic strip of Chippendale by means of N. I. Bienenstock, editor of Furniture World.
The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director is an integral consultant for antiquarians, furnishings buyers, and creditors, and a treasury of principles for modern day designers. paintings fanatics and different readers also will locate it a pleasant looking book.
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