How to Identify Chippendale Furniture

We will introduce you to the Chippendale design, its designer, history, where to buy Chippendale inspired furniture and how to identify Chippendale furniture.

1. What is a Chippendale?
In 1754, Thomas Chippendale published a book called "The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director" or "The Director" in short. It was the first book in the history of British design that was dedicated to furniture design. After that, he expanded his furniture making business rapidly, employed some other famous furniture makers and designers that became the basis of Chippendale design.

2. How to Know Chippendale Furniture Style?
Many people think Chippendale furniture was the adaptation of other furniture styles. So, the list below is the summary of Chippendale style furniture design characteristics,
- S-Curve from French Rococo style (Louis XV)
- Cabriole legs from Queen Anne style
- Columns, arches and delicate carving from Gothic style
- Geometric weaving pattern (latticework) from Chinese furniture
3. Where to Buy Chippendale Style Furniture?
The following section will present you newly made Chippendale style furniture from

- Vanity Table: This Chippendale style vanity set uses Queen Anne style leg. It also uses bat wing drawer pulls which are used extensively in Chippendale style. Vanity table and stool frame use solid wood and it comes with a 3-sided foldable mirror.
Chippendale Style Vanity Set
- Side Table: This Chippendale style side table clearly shows the Chinese influence through the use of geometric weaving pattern (latticework) at the front door. The geometric design is also used for the skirt. Green crackle finish makes it look more valuable and it can be the accent piece in any room.
Chippendale Style Side Table
- Glider (Rocking Chair): This Chippendale style glider demonstrates the flexibility of the Chippendale style. The reason is that most Chippendale style furniture is for indoor use, but this glider is the example of chic looking outdoor furniture. The surface of this glider protects against natural elements.
Chippendale Style Glider
- Dining Set: This Chippendale style dining set also uses latticework backing as in Chinese style furniture. It is supposed to be the outdoor or patio furniture but it looks chic enough for a casual dining room too.
Chippendale Style Dining Set
- Stool: This Chippendale style stool adapts S-curve and Queen Anne legs beautifully. It comes with brass finished foot rail and distressed deep cherry finish so it's the ideal extra seating in your living room or bedroom.
Chippendale Style Stool
- Sofa: This Chippendale style sofa is the modern interpretation of Chippendale design. It uses rolled arm as in other Chippendale sofas. However, the low legs make it look more sturdy. This is surely a decent looking sofa for your living room.
Chippendale Style Sofa

Do you like Chippendale style furniture and why?

- Gilbert, Christopher. The life and work of Thomas Chippendale. Vol. 2. London: Studio Vista, 1978.

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- How to Identify Queen Anne Furniture

Last review and update: September 1, 2018

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