Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was arguably the greatest cabinet maker that Britain produced in the eighteenth century and his name has become a by-word for excellence in design and construction. Born at Otley in Yorkshire, he established a highly successful workshop in London that produced outstanding furniture besides offering an ‘upholder’ service whereby Chippendale’s team oversaw the entire decoration and furnishing of a house if the owner wished for it and, of course, could pay for it. Chippendale’s book of designs, The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Directory, that was first published in 1754, became an influential treasury of designs that conveyed the Chippendale style as, effectively, a global brand. A copy of the first edition was formerly in the Library at Weston Park.

 

This year, together with a number of other properties throughout Britain, Weston Park is proud to be involved in the celebrations for the tercentenary of Chippendale’s birth. After Capability Brown’s tercentenary in 2016 and then the architect James Paine’s in 2017, we are delighted to once again have an opportunity to celebrate the contributions to design excellence in the eighteenth century at Weston Park.

 

Events at Weston Park 

 

House tour

 

Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman’s Weston

Easter and Summer Season House Opening

See the House at Weston through the eyes of Sir Henry & Lady Bridgeman, and learn about their patronage in the age of Chippendale. 

50p + standard admission to the House.

 

Marquetry soc

 

Marquetry Society Exhibition

Throughout June in the Granary Art Gallery

Admire contemporary marquetry undertaken by members of the Marquetry Society.

Free entry  

 

afternoon tea

 

Chippendale Workshop and Afternoon Tea 

5th June 2018

Celebrate Thomas Chippendale’s birthday with a special lecture, tour and Yorkshire Afternoon Tea at Weston Park.

£30, includes lecture, afternoon tea and admission to the House, Park and Gardens

 

Marquetry

 

Chippendale classic Marquetry revealed

3rd July 2018

Marquetry expert Jack Metcalfe discusses Chippendale’s marquetry brilliance ahead of the publication of his new book.

£15, includes refreshments and entry to the House, Park and Gardens

 

Halls Open

 

Halls Young Artist Competition 

Throughout December in the Granary Art Gallery

For this year’s competition, budding young artists are asked to submit works based of the theme of furniture and design.

Free entry

 

Book

 

Furniture Folios: Designs of Furniture from Chippendale to Pugin

Throughout the year in the Granary Art Gallery

See historic furniture design books from Weston Park’s collection, including a facsimile of Chippendale’s 1754 Director.

Free entry

 

For further information about the other participating sites please visit chippendale300.co.uk