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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that made Chippendale famous., 16 Nov. 1998
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This review is from: The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director (Paperback)
The ball and claw foot is perhaps the one thing most commonly associated with Chippendale, but it is omitted entirely since it had gone out of fashion by the time he wrote the book. Instead, he includes Rococo, Chinese, and Gothic designs. The Rococo designs are extremely heavily ornamented, and fashioned in the most outlandish curved shapes: if you ever thought Pablo Picasso and "modern art" was too far out, take a look at these! The ribbon back chairs struck me as a particularly interesting design. The Chinese designs are far more subdued, and most have a bit of a swastika motif built into them. The editor for the modern version has added an appendix with several photographs of original Chippendale era furniture (not necessarily built by Chippendale himself), including several chosen to show that it really was possible to build the more elaborate designs. This is perhaps the single most historically significant book on furniture design ever written, and no furniture library would be complete without it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars always useful, 10 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director (Paperback)
This edition is an inexpensive reprint of the original production but retains sufficient information to still offer an excellent resource for craftsmen, restorers and cabinet-makers alike.
The original drawings are reproduced with enough detail to inform anyone working on period furniture how and why it was 'done the way it was done'.
You could spend a lot more on a limited edition version or even invest in an original antiquarian copy now worth thousands of dollars, but this volume gives you everything you need to produce accurate reproductions or repair an original Chippendale piece, if you were to be so lucky! well worth the very small cost outlay.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars large, catalog style of baroque & neo-classical design, 30 April 1998
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This large catalog style paper back book is an excellent reference for architecture, furniture and design. Black drawing on newsprint paper, this book was a catalog of Thomas Chippendale's furniture shop in England and gives detailed motifs for the antique dealer and cabinet maker alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just furniture, 14 May 2014
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A very delightful book. After is was published it became very influential not only in the field of furniture but to all decoration and ornamentation in houses. It gains a very good insight into the spread of the Rococo in England and its colonies. Especially when you combine your reading with the book American Rococo, 1750-1775, Elegance in Ornament.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Chippendale: The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director, 21 Nov. 2013
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A great and lovely book for furniture lovers, after the original that exists in the V&A Victoria and Albert Museum in London, in the British Galleries on Level 4, in Gallery 118a. It was a joy to have found it, and can be a great gift for anyone interested in furniture.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic book, 19 May 2013
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Have seen a copy of the original book at a National Trust property. The Ikea catalogue of the eighteenth century!
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