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
Sir Henry and Lady Bridgeman’s Weston
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.
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.
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.
For further information about the other participating sites please visit chippendale300.co.uk