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George III Chippendale-Period Serpentine Commode
- This rare 18th-century serpentine chest of drawers was crafted in the style of Thomas Chippendale
- The mahogany four-drawer dresser is complete with its original brass handles
- The top drawer slides to reveal a green baize writing surface
- The genius of Thomas Chippendale’s designs defined the furniture styles of the 18th century
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The talent and genius of Thomas Chippendale’s designs defined the furniture styles of. . .
The talent and genius of Thomas Chippendale’s designs defined the furniture styles of the 18th century. He was the first person to boast such a strong following that an entire style bears his name and not that of a monarch. By the age of 36, he owned a series of workshops throughout England and an expansive timber yard for harvesting the finest woods. In 1754, he published The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director, considered the “bible” of furniture design of 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. Today, the name Chippendale invokes images of refined taste and unparalleled elegance. It is no wonder masterpieces such as this rare chest are so treasured by collectors.
32 3/4" high x 42 3/4" wide x 24 1/4" deep