French Chairs

Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
Matthew Darly, Engraver (British, 1710-1810)

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This plate shows two designs for so-called French chairs, with upholstered seats and backs. Note that the chairs have only one arm in the design. This gave the cabinetmaker an idea of what the chair would look like as either an armchair or as a side chair (a chair without arms). Chippendale wrote that "the ornaments on the backs and seats are in imitation of tapestry or needlework. The carving may be lessened by an ingenious workman without detriment to the Chair." This last comment illustrates that these designs were meant simply as guides, allowing great flexibility. — ("Eighteenth-Century Furniture Design," May 23, 2009—February 21, 2010, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Conant Galleries)

Object Information

artist
Thomas Chippendale (British, 1718-1779)
engraver
Matthew Darly (British, 1710-1810)
creation date
1754
materials
engraving
dimensions
8 3/4 X 13 7/8 in. (image)
10 1/2 X 6 1/4 in. (sheet)
series
The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director
accession number
73.2.109
credit line
Director's Discretionary Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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