COT­TAGE FUR­NI­TURE BA­SICS: CHI­NESE CHIP­PEN­DALE CHAIRS

Thomas Chip­pen­dale’s 18th-cen­tury fur­ni­ture re­mains a fa­vorite to­day.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY STEPHANIE AGNES-CROCK­ETT

Thomas Chip­pen­dale’s 18th-cen­tury clas­sic pieces re­main fa­vorites to­day.

English cab­i­net­maker Thomas Chip­pen­dale brought the gift of

the Chip­pen­dale chair to the world in the 1750s and 1760s.

He was the first to lend his own name, rather than a monarch’s, to his de­sign. Orig­i­nal Chip­pen­dale chairs were usu­ally made from ma­hogany and crafted by hand, with round club, lion’s paw, or ball and claw feet, and Marl­bor­ough or cabri­ole legs. Chip­pen­dale’s Chi­nese chairs re­sem­bled Far Eastern fur­ni­ture, with their or­nate fret­work and oc­ca­sional Pagoda tops. Be­cause of trade be­tween Eng­land and China and other Eastern coun­tries, a style known as “chi­nois­erie” de­vel­oped. Chip­pen­dale, like other artists, adopted var­i­ous Chi­nese el­e­ments into his fur­ni­ture. Chip­pen­dale of­ten fin­ished his Chi­nese styles with a lac­quer­ing process known as “japan­ning.”

To­day’s Chi­nese Chip­pen­dale chairs dif­fer from the orig­i­nals in that they are fre­quently made of faux bam­boo and have more re­laxed styles. They re­tain, how­ever, the eye-catch­ing an­gu­lar seats char­ac­ter­is­tic of the Chip­pen­dale style.

If you’re look­ing for an airy Chip­pen­dale to com­plete your spring­time cot­tage style, these rec­om­men­da­tions may be just the right fit for your liv­ing room, and your wal­let.

3. Chi­nese Chip­pen­dale cane arm­chair, $429. Visit char­lot­te­an­divy.com.

4. Ma­cau arm­chair, $279. Visit bal­lard­de­signs.com.

5. Chi­nese Chip­pen­dale bench, $999. Visit wis­te­ria.com.

1. Chip­pen­dale chair Tête-à-Tête, $919. Visit bythe­yard.net.

2. Cey­lon arm­chair, For pric­ing and deal­ers, visit lexington.com.

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