Monday, January 5, 2009

Chair #5


When grandmothers of today hear the word Chippendales, they don't necessarily think of chairs.
                     —Jean Kerr

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The word Chippendale conjures up images of rare and pricey antiques that the Keno twin brothers of Antiques Roadshow fame would go weak in the legs about. Thomas Chippendale was the cabinetmaker rock-star of 18th century London, and his name alone has enviable provenance. Though he was a well known cabinetmaker, it's the chair that Chippendale is most remembered for. It would likely have graceful curved legs with a ball and claw type of foot, and elegant Rococo carvings. Later revivals of his style include names like Chinese, Gothic, and even Irish Chippendale. Lord knows how those beefcake dancers got the name.

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