By Thomas Chippendale
Thomas Chippendale (1718–79) used to be the main well-known and so much 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 most excellent interval of English furnishings design.
In 1774, Chippendale issued a listing of all his designs, a powerful compilation of a hundred and sixty engraved plates representing the present furnishings types, quite the French (Louis XXV), Gothic, and Chinese-manner items for which he was once most sensible recognized. The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the most crucial and thorough catalogue of furnishings designs that had ever been released in England, used to be drastically influential, spreading quick through the Continent and the colonies and guiding the fashion and development of furnishings in every single place. A moment variation was once shaped the next 12 months, and a 3rd in 1762. this 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 comprise stylish drawings that express the original mixture of solidity of building and lightness and style 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 contains a complement of photos of sixteenth-century Chippendale-style items, together with a few performed by way of Chippendale, entire captions to the photographs, and a brief biographical caricature of Chippendale via N. I. Bienenstock, editor of Furniture World.
The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director is an imperative consultant for antiquarians, furnishings buyers, and creditors, and a treasury of principles for modern designers. paintings enthusiasts and different readers also will locate it a pleasant searching book.
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