An exhibition exploring Chippendale’s rise to prominence as part of nationwide celebrations on the tricentenary of his birth.
Reflecting on the quality of Chippendale's work, his workshop and techniques, and his relationships with clients and their commissions, this exhibition explores the legacy of the Chippendale brand up to the present day.
Showing objects from his early life, alongside a first edition of The Director and beautiful hand-drawn designs, it features some of the best examples of his work out of a country house context with many on public display for the first time.
The exhibition will show key pieces from the Royal Collection, Paxton House, Newby Hall, and Dumfries House, displayed in a comprehensive, thematic way. Highlights include the Lady’s secretaire (1773), originally made for the State Bedroom at Harewood House near Leeds, and the Panshanger Cabinets (c1773), supplied to the first Viscount Melbourne for his new home in Piccadilly, London. The cabinet is part of a suite that is considered to be one of Chippendale’s most spectacular commissions, distinguished by the fact they are veneered in holly