Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Redeeming Chippendale


"Chippendale is often accused of being the biggest plagarist and overrated designer of all time. Many people consider that all he did was take the Queen Anne style and embelish it with the rococo. However, he was responsible for bringing about the birth of a uniquely English style. Admittedly, his designs owe much to the previous generation but Chippendale is an unmistakable individual style. His importance rests in the fact that he was the first English cabinetmaker to publish a comprehensive pattern book that tied all the loose ends of prevailing taste such as rococo, Gothic and Chinese into an intelligble and unique style."

-Tristan Salazar, The Complete Book of Furniture Restoration

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