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Chippendale Tercentery Ronald Phillips Ltd 28 June - 5 July 2018


Ronald Phillips Ltd

An important selling exhibition 28 June - 5 July 2018

commemorating the tercentenery of Thomas Chippendale's birth.

Celebrating 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Ronald Phillips Ltd, has released some of the finest examples of Thomas Chippendale’s craftsmanship and design that will be displayed in their Thomas Chippendale Exhibition, from 28 June - 5 July 2018.

Thomas Chippendale (1718-79) is the most famous British cabinetmaker in history, and prices will subsequently range between £8,500 and £1,200,000 on display; a remarkable price in respect that Chippendale died in 1779, worth just over £28.

The remarkable career of Chippendale is explored in this engaging selling exhibition through 35 key pieces, including items from some of his most important commissions including, the neoclassicism of Harewood House and Brocket Hall (1770s), leading on to the refined elegance of Etruscan furniture made for Newby Hall (mid 1770s), and still later pieces from Home House and Aske Hall in a ‘neat but not expensive manner.’ The pieces have enriched important collections throughout their lives including, David Garrick, Countess Cadogan, Walter P. Chrysler and Sir Lawrence Dundas to name but a few.


The exhibition explores the range of styles found in the firm’s furniture and illustrated in ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director’ published in 1754; advertising a large collection of the most ‘Elegant and Useful Designs of Household Furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Tastes.’ This was by far the most comprehensive catalogue of furniture and design at the forefront of current fashion ever to have been produced.

Examples in the exhibition include a George III black lacquer side cabinet, an elegantly inlaid marquetry serpentine commode supplied by Thomas Chippendale for Harewood House, Yorkshire. A ‘Chinese Chippendale’ china cabinet which adheres to the original Chippendale design .  Ronald Phillips were delighted to reunite a pair of satinwood demi-lune commodes for the exhibition that had been separated for a considerable time.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A pair of George III Satinwood and Purpleheart Demi-Lune Commodes probably by Thomas Chippendale. 

One commode is fitted with three drawers retaining the original Dutch axe handles, the other with a fixed shelf.  The pair have been separated for a considerable time, and we have been very fortunate to be able to bring them together once again.  Chippendale produced very few demi-lune commodes. Apart from this pair, the only examples known to exist are one recorded from Denton Hall, Yorkshire, now in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA, and two unrecorded in a private collection in England.  English, circa 1780.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

M. Harris & Sons - An important George II Mahogany China Cabinet to a design by Thomas Chippendale.  The cornice is a restoration following traces of the original cornice and adhering to the original Chippendale design.  The internal divisions have been reinstated.  The doors in the lower section each reveal two adjustable shelves.  The china cabinet has acquired an outstanding colour and patination.  English, circa 1755.

The name Chippendale might well bring a ‘brown furniture’ picture to your mind, but in fact, it’s the vivid colour and impact of inlaid detail that provide such an intriguing subtext to the stylistic explorations in this exhibition, especially with the more antique-inspired pieces.

One such example is a rediscovered Chippendale masterpiece from Harewood House. The circular frame supported by seated sphinxes is unique to Harewood and derives from Robert Adam’s original ceiling design for the White Drawing Room. The interplay between between differing yellow and green gold tones, and matt and burnished areas creates a subtle yet lively effect. Dated to around 1785, the mirror was rediscovered in North America and in 2016 and painstakingly restored. ‘It doesn’t get much better than Harewood’ says Simon Phillips. ‘That puts the piece in a different league.’

Chippendale’s peerless designs have become synonymous with English furniture, but with only around 600 pieces traceable to his workshop, the market is small and competition is fierce. ‘His name is the only name that really means anything in English furniture’, says Simon Phillips. ‘It has become increasingly difficult in recent years to find great pieces of Chippendale furniture, but within this selling exhibition there is a wonderful cross-section of important and rare pieces; united by the common Chippendale themes of rarity, provenance, craftsmanship and beauty. I have invested in each of these items because they had the attributes I look for in Chippendale Furniture- they are great examples of our heritage.’

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A George III Ormolu-Mounted Satinwood, Padouk, Amaranth, Tulipwood and Marquetry Serpentine Commode by Thomas Chippendale. English, circa 1770 – 72.

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A highly important George III Giltwood Mirror by Thomas Chippendale from The White Drawing Room at Harewood House.  This remarkable circular mirror is undoubtedly one of Harewood’s lost Chippendale pieces. The circular frame supported by seated sphinxes is unique to Harwood and derives from Robert Adam’s original ceiling design for the White Drawing Room. It is likely that there were four circular mirrors, none now remain at Harewood; two were sold by Christies in 1987 and the other two left Harewood at an earlier, unknown date. One of the latter two is now in the collection of Ronald Phillips Ltd, whilst the other is still unlocated. English, circa 1785.

The exhibition will run concurrently at both Masterpiece London and the Ronald Phillips gallery in Bruton Street, Mayfair, and will be accompanied with a scholarly catalogue, which includes stunning images and fascinating information about the techniques and time in which Chippendale furniture was created.

"Public knowledge of Chippendale is wide but not wide enough" says Simon Phillips. "The anniversary and the celebrations are quite exciting. This will help raise interest in English furniture."

ABOUT MASTERPIECE LONDON
Masterpiece London, provides a platform for cross-collecting and presents art, antiques and design from over 150 of the world’s leading galleries. Curators, collectors and visitors have the opportunity to acquire museum-quality works with superb provenance across collecting categories, from antiquity through to contemporary. Save the Date: The fair will take place from 28 June- 5 July 2018 (with a preview on 27 June), in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR. www.masterpiecefair.com

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A George III Mahogany Tripod Table - A fine mid 18th century Chippendale period satinwood inlaid mahogany tripod table in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, having a hexagonal top with moulded edge and central circular satinwood inlay, supported on a triple cluster column; on three cabriole legs with satinwood inlaid sides, terminating in pad feet.  English, circa 1770.

For more information, visit Ronald Phillips Ltd



News & Fairs Previews

Chippendale Tercentery Ronald Phillips Ltd 28 June - 5 July 2018


Ronald Phillips Ltd

An important selling exhibition 28 June - 5 July 2018

commemorating the tercentenery of Thomas Chippendale's birth.

Celebrating 300 years since the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Ronald Phillips Ltd, has released some of the finest examples of Thomas Chippendale’s craftsmanship and design that will be displayed in their Thomas Chippendale Exhibition, from 28 June - 5 July 2018.

Thomas Chippendale (1718-79) is the most famous British cabinetmaker in history, and prices will subsequently range between £8,500 and £1,200,000 on display; a remarkable price in respect that Chippendale died in 1779, worth just over £28.

The remarkable career of Chippendale is explored in this engaging selling exhibition through 35 key pieces, including items from some of his most important commissions including, the neoclassicism of Harewood House and Brocket Hall (1770s), leading on to the refined elegance of Etruscan furniture made for Newby Hall (mid 1770s), and still later pieces from Home House and Aske Hall in a ‘neat but not expensive manner.’ The pieces have enriched important collections throughout their lives including, David Garrick, Countess Cadogan, Walter P. Chrysler and Sir Lawrence Dundas to name but a few.


The exhibition explores the range of styles found in the firm’s furniture and illustrated in ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director’ published in 1754; advertising a large collection of the most ‘Elegant and Useful Designs of Household Furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Modern Tastes.’ This was by far the most comprehensive catalogue of furniture and design at the forefront of current fashion ever to have been produced.

Examples in the exhibition include a George III black lacquer side cabinet, an elegantly inlaid marquetry serpentine commode supplied by Thomas Chippendale for Harewood House, Yorkshire. A ‘Chinese Chippendale’ china cabinet which adheres to the original Chippendale design .  Ronald Phillips were delighted to reunite a pair of satinwood demi-lune commodes for the exhibition that had been separated for a considerable time.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A pair of George III Satinwood and Purpleheart Demi-Lune Commodes probably by Thomas Chippendale. 

One commode is fitted with three drawers retaining the original Dutch axe handles, the other with a fixed shelf.  The pair have been separated for a considerable time, and we have been very fortunate to be able to bring them together once again.  Chippendale produced very few demi-lune commodes. Apart from this pair, the only examples known to exist are one recorded from Denton Hall, Yorkshire, now in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA, and two unrecorded in a private collection in England.  English, circa 1780.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

M. Harris & Sons - An important George II Mahogany China Cabinet to a design by Thomas Chippendale.  The cornice is a restoration following traces of the original cornice and adhering to the original Chippendale design.  The internal divisions have been reinstated.  The doors in the lower section each reveal two adjustable shelves.  The china cabinet has acquired an outstanding colour and patination.  English, circa 1755.

The name Chippendale might well bring a ‘brown furniture’ picture to your mind, but in fact, it’s the vivid colour and impact of inlaid detail that provide such an intriguing subtext to the stylistic explorations in this exhibition, especially with the more antique-inspired pieces.

One such example is a rediscovered Chippendale masterpiece from Harewood House. The circular frame supported by seated sphinxes is unique to Harewood and derives from Robert Adam’s original ceiling design for the White Drawing Room. The interplay between between differing yellow and green gold tones, and matt and burnished areas creates a subtle yet lively effect. Dated to around 1785, the mirror was rediscovered in North America and in 2016 and painstakingly restored. ‘It doesn’t get much better than Harewood’ says Simon Phillips. ‘That puts the piece in a different league.’

Chippendale’s peerless designs have become synonymous with English furniture, but with only around 600 pieces traceable to his workshop, the market is small and competition is fierce. ‘His name is the only name that really means anything in English furniture’, says Simon Phillips. ‘It has become increasingly difficult in recent years to find great pieces of Chippendale furniture, but within this selling exhibition there is a wonderful cross-section of important and rare pieces; united by the common Chippendale themes of rarity, provenance, craftsmanship and beauty. I have invested in each of these items because they had the attributes I look for in Chippendale Furniture- they are great examples of our heritage.’

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A George III Ormolu-Mounted Satinwood, Padouk, Amaranth, Tulipwood and Marquetry Serpentine Commode by Thomas Chippendale. English, circa 1770 – 72.

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A highly important George III Giltwood Mirror by Thomas Chippendale from The White Drawing Room at Harewood House.  This remarkable circular mirror is undoubtedly one of Harewood’s lost Chippendale pieces. The circular frame supported by seated sphinxes is unique to Harwood and derives from Robert Adam’s original ceiling design for the White Drawing Room. It is likely that there were four circular mirrors, none now remain at Harewood; two were sold by Christies in 1987 and the other two left Harewood at an earlier, unknown date. One of the latter two is now in the collection of Ronald Phillips Ltd, whilst the other is still unlocated. English, circa 1785.

The exhibition will run concurrently at both Masterpiece London and the Ronald Phillips gallery in Bruton Street, Mayfair, and will be accompanied with a scholarly catalogue, which includes stunning images and fascinating information about the techniques and time in which Chippendale furniture was created.

"Public knowledge of Chippendale is wide but not wide enough" says Simon Phillips. "The anniversary and the celebrations are quite exciting. This will help raise interest in English furniture."

ABOUT MASTERPIECE LONDON
Masterpiece London, provides a platform for cross-collecting and presents art, antiques and design from over 150 of the world’s leading galleries. Curators, collectors and visitors have the opportunity to acquire museum-quality works with superb provenance across collecting categories, from antiquity through to contemporary. Save the Date: The fair will take place from 28 June- 5 July 2018 (with a preview on 27 June), in the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4SR. www.masterpiecefair.com

Antiques News & Fairs - Ronald Phillips Chippendale's Selling Exhibition

A George III Mahogany Tripod Table - A fine mid 18th century Chippendale period satinwood inlaid mahogany tripod table in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, having a hexagonal top with moulded edge and central circular satinwood inlay, supported on a triple cluster column; on three cabriole legs with satinwood inlaid sides, terminating in pad feet.  English, circa 1770.

For more information, visit Ronald Phillips Ltd