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Chippendale Furniture
 Posted By:  Donald Timpanaro  | Posted In:  Periods & Styles
 Posted On:  Jan 27 2010 6:20AM, 0 Comments Add Comment
Of all the names associated with antique furniture, Chippendale is the most well known. The Chippendale style dominated American furniture until the 1770s. Known by its exquisite and extensive carving, it takes its name from Thomas Chippendale, an 18th century cabinetmaker, whose furnishings reflected popular English tastes of the period incorporating English, Gothic, and Chinese motifs. Chippendale's early career remains a mystery. Born in 1718 at Otley in West Yorkshire, England, son of carpenter John Chippendale, and served his apprenticeship there. He had a great head for business and as a social climber and self-publicist, he realized the importance of public relations and advertising. In spite of his membership of the Society of Arts and his fashionable wedding at St. George's Chapel, Society never accepted him, except in his trade and professional capacity. The Early Years But in 1754, Mr. Chippendale, as he was known in London, published his detailed collection, Gentleman ...
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