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Gate Leg Spider Table by Thomas Chippendale
- This "gate leg" table was crafted by the iconic Thomas Chippendale
- With its perfect proportions and exquisite detail and materials, this table is without equal
- Furnishings by Chippendale's hand are seldom found in private collections
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While today Chippendale is celebrated as the greatest cabinetmaker of his era, and perhaps of all time, his business life was far from financially stable. He valued perfection in his work above all else, seeking exceptional quality in each and every one of his pieces and spending painstaking hours on even the most minute details. While this slowed his production and resulted in him dying penniless, the outcome was some of the most exquisite pieces of furniture ever constructed. This table is one such example. The incredible attention to detail, impeccable proportions and highest-quality materials are evidence of Chippendale's commitment to pursuing perfection.
The talent and genius of Thomas Chippendale's designs defined the furniture styles of the 18th century. His designs became so prominent and highly desirable during his lifetime that his entire style came to bear his name, a first in history that did not take the name of the reigning monarch. In 1754, he published The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker's Director, which became the most important text on furniture design in its day. The book contained over 161 plates with an astounding range of furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Rococo styles. Soon, this modest craftsman counted numerous members of nobility and society among his clientele, including Catherine II of Russia and famed actor David Garrick. He also obtained substantial contracts with the noble houses of Nostell Priory, Harewood House, Burton Constable, Ayrshire and Kent, some of which still house many of his finest pieces in their private collections. Today, the name Chippendale invokes images of refined taste and unparalleled elegance. It is no wonder masterpieces such as this table are so treasured by collectors.
A very similar table is pictured in The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale, Vol. II by Christopher Gilbert, page 224. The table further comes with a letter of authenticity that verifies this exceptional piece.
Closed: 27 1/4" wide x 10 1/2" deep x 27 3/8" high
Open: 27 1/4" wide x 30 1/8" deep x 27 3/8" high