Mahogany Chippendale-Style Breakfront

  • The design of this outstanding Victorian-era breakfront pays homage to Chippendale's genius
  • The entire piece is crafted of handsome Cuban mahogany
  • Glass paneled doors and exquisite carving give this wonderful piece an aire of elegance
  • Balance, proportion and overall craftsmanship make this an excellent example of Chippendale design
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Item No. 30-1232

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This beautiful Victorian library breakfront is crafted of Cuban mahogany in the majestic Chippendale Revival style. Standing at nine-feet high and displays all of the aesthetic hallmarks of Thomas Chippendale's iconic designs. Balanced and justly proportioned, the glass paneled doors and cabinets give an air of lightness to this outstanding work of English cabinetmaking.

The name of Thomas Chippendale is most closely associated with English Rococo-style furniture. More than a simple cabinetmaker, he was an innovator and visionary. His name has become synonymous with a distinguishable style not because the furniture was made by him or his factory, but because of his foresight in publishing his incredible designs. In 1754, he published the first of three editions of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director, the first catalogue of furniture design. This catalogue allowed wealthy patrons to pick out particular elements for their furniture and to have it custom made for them by the Chippendale workshop. The Chippendale style reflected many elements of the Rococo, Chinese (called Chinoiserie), Gothic and, later, the Neoclassical styles. So popular were the designs with the wealthy class of the mid-18th century that soon other furniture makers were using The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director as a pattern book for their own shops. This book is probably the major reason he is one of the world's best-known and respected furniture makers to ever live.

Circa 1880

71 3/4" wide x 18 1/2" deep x 108" high
This turn-of-the-century breakfront is a marvelous example of Chippendale Revivial
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Cabinets/Vitrines/Bookcases
Depth: 18.5 Inches
Width: 71.75 Inches
Height: 108.0 Inches
Style: Chippendale

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