Exhibition | Chippendale 300

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on December 28, 2017


During 2018, the Chippendale 300 partnership is celebrating Thomas Chippendale (b. 5 June 1718) and his legacy as widely as possible, both by encouraging greater public awareness of his genius and the glories of 18th-century craftsmanship and by demonstrating how the same spirit animates today’s designers and makers. The following institutions and historic houses have joined together to create a programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Thomas Chippendale’s tercentenary: Burton Constable Hall, The Chippendale Society, Dumfries House, Firle Place, The Furniture History Society, Harewood House, Leeds Museum & Galleries, Master Carvers’ Association, The National Trust, Newby Hall, Paxton House, Visit Otley, and Weston Park. Visit Chippendale 300 for more information. Opening in February at Leeds:

Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718–2018
Leeds City Museum, 9 February — 10 June 2018

Curated by Adam Bowett and James Lomax

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779), Britain’s most famous furniture maker. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Thomas Chippendale’s work ever presented and will include furniture, accessories, drawings, documents and other material from collections throughout the United Kingdom. Alongside well-known masterpieces from public collections there will be rarely-seen furniture from private houses and some new discoveries, never before exhibited. The exhibition explores Thomas Chippendale’s life and work in five major themes: his family origins, training, career and the publication of the ground-breaking Director; his furniture in the Rococo, Gothic, Chinese, and neo-Classical styles; the management of his commissions, including relations with clients; his workshops, including manufacturing and decorative techniques; and his legacy from the 18th century to the present day.

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From ACC Publishing Group:

Adam Bowett and James Lomax, Thomas Chippendale (1718–1779): A Celebration of British Craftsmanship and Design (Bradford: The Chippendale Society, 2018), 208 pages, ISBN: 9781999922917, $90.

Celebrating the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale’s birth, this catalogue of the 2018 Leeds exhibition covers all 95 exhibits including furniture, drawings, engravings, textiles and wallpaper, together with other contemporary and later material. Each entry is illustrated in colour, with supporting images in both colour and black and white. Also included are introductory essays to each section of the exhibition, covering Chippendale’s life and career, his furniture styles, his relationships with customers, and his legacy from the 18th century to the present day.

Adam Bowett is the Chairman of the Chippendale Society and co-curator of the tercentenary exhibition. He is a well-known historian of English furniture and has published widely on the subject in both popular and scholarly journals. He is also the author of three books on English furniture. James Lomax is the Curator of the Chippendale Society and co-curator of the tercentenary exhibition. He was formerly curator at Temple Newsam House, Leeds and is an acknowledged expert on 18th-century applied arts, particularly silver, and has a special interest in the work of Thomas Chippendale.

Note (added 4 March 2018) The original posting did not include information about the catalogue.

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