Read up about the history of antique furniture in America, and one name, you’ll notice, keeps coming up with great regularity – Chippendale. The chippendale furniture style, that you can tell by the artistic and elaborate carving and wood-shaping seen on it, was America’s most successful furniture style of all up until the late 1700s.
The chippendale furniture style was the creation of Thomas Chippendale, an English craftsman and carpenter who lived in England in the 1700s. At one point in his career, he had the idea that custom-made furniture for the wealthy was a money-spinner. He created a catalog called The Director of the most beautiful designs and design elements that he could come up with and put them all in his catalog. The wealthy could come and pick and choose from among the design elements and order a custom piece for themselves. The styles seen in his catalog came from just about every influence you could think of – rococo, neoclassical, Gothic – even Chinese. Read More →