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Thomas Chippendale 300 Years

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 maggio 2018

London On 5 July, Christie’s landmark sale Thomas Chippendale 300 Years will celebrate the genius of Chippendale’s designs and the perfection of his execution, in the 300th anniversary year of his birth. Taking place during Christie’s Classic Week, the dedicated London auction will present 22 lots with estimates ranging from £5,000 to £5 million. A selection of works will be on public view at Christie’s London headquarters until 25 May, with the full pre-sale exhibition opening from 30 June to 5 July. Collectively, the sale encompasses some of the grandest pieces of 18th century furniture ever created, including Sir Rowland Winn’s Commode (estimate: £3-5million) and The Dundas Sofas (each sofa with an estimate of £2-3million). Remembered as ‘The Shakespeare of English Furniture makers’, Chippendale was the master of many mediums. This is highlighted by the breadth of works being offered, including his game-changing book which made his name The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director, first published in 1754, which astutely promoted his designs to the most affluent potential clients of the day (the expanded 1762 3rd edition, estimate: £5,000-8,000) alongside works executed in giltwood, mahogany, marquetry and lacquer.Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman and Co Chairman of Decorative Arts: “This auction will present arguably the greatest neo-classical masterpieces by Thomas Chippendale that will ever come to market, providing unique opportunities to buy the very best at comparatively accessible price levels. It will be a fitting celebration of Chippendale’s remarkable designs and craftsmanship and also Christie’s longstanding connections with him, dating back to when James Christie first opened his doors for business in 1766. Tradition has it that Chippendale designed Christie’s original rostrum for his friend James Christie, the model of which is still in use to this day in our salerooms around the globe. We look forward to welcoming connoisseurs, collectors, admirers and anyone who wants to learn more about Chippendale’s genius, building upon the momentum of the Chippendale exhibition in Leeds (9 Feb to 9 June).”Robert Copley, Christie’s International Head of Furniture: “Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is without question Britain’s greatest cabinet-maker. He excelled in every style and medium he worked in, from the whimsical rococo and the fashion for all things Chinese in his early career, to the neo-classical with its straight lines derived from the ancient world. His reputation spread far beyond the shores of his homeland, and his genius is reflected in the number of beautifully designed and executed pieces of furniture that survive in excellent condition nearly 250 years after his death, a remarkable selection of which we are proud to be bringing to the market in this sale.”

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