Thomas Chippendale is undoubtedly the most famous English cabinet-maker and furniture designer. Born in 1718 his fame stems from his magnus opus 'The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director' (1754). This was the first widely disseminated furniture pattern book of the Eighteenth Century which was purchased by prospective patrons and fellow cabinet-makers.
This self promotion helped him obtain his first significant commission at Dumfries House in the late 1750s. The collection of furniture At Dumfries House exemplifies Chippendale's early rococo style which fuses C and S scrolls with Gothic, Chinese and Neo-classical elements. This collection also includes furniture made by many of the leading Scottish cabinet-makers such as Alexander Peter who were clearly influenced by Chippendale's Designs.
After Thomas Chippendale's death in 1778 his son Thomas Chippendale Junior continued the business with his father's business partner Thomas Haig.
To learn more about Thomas Chippendale we would recommend joining The Chippendale Society.