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Chippendale's Director: A Manifesto of Furniture Design

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By Morrison H. Heckscher

 

Published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, England's most famous cabinetmaker, this issue of the Bulletin  addresses the history of Chippendale works at The Met. Morrison H. Heckscher recounts the designer's meteoric rise from rural obscurity to the heights of the London luxury trade, crediting that remarkable success to the publication of the Chippendale Director, an instructive book on furniture design and ornament. The text analyzes the Museum's rare collection of drawings by Chippendale, revealing a gifted and highly imaginative designer who mastered what today would be called branding. Illustrating a wide selection of the Director drawings alongside furniture inspired by the Director or actually made in Chippendale's shop, this Bulletin features works of art that attest to the Museum's century-long infatuation with drawings, prints, books, and furniture in the Chippendale style.

 

Morrison H. Heckscher is Curator Emeritus of the American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

By Morrison H. Heckscher

 

Published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, England's most famous cabinetmaker, this issue of the Bulletin  addresses the history of Chippendale works at The Met. Morrison H. Heckscher recounts the designer's meteoric rise from rural obscurity to the heights of the London luxury trade, crediting that remarkable success to the publication of the Chippendale Director, an instructive book on furniture design and ornament. The text analyzes the Museum's rare collection of drawings by Chippendale, revealing a gifted and highly imaginative designer who mastered what today would be called branding. Illustrating a wide selection of the Director drawings alongside furniture inspired by the Director or actually made in...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 48
  • Illustrations: 55 in full color
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • ISBN: 9781588396471
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