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Product Details

  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 3 edition (June 1, 1966)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486216012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486216010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
The ball and claw foot is perhaps the one thing most commonly associated with Chippendale, but it is omitted entirely since it had gone out of fashion by the time he wrote the book. Instead, he includes Rococo, Chinese, and Gothic designs. The Rococo designs are extremely heavily ornamented, and fashioned in the most outlandish curved shapes: if you ever thought Pablo Picasso and "modern art" was too far out, take a look at these! The ribbon back chairs struck me as a particularly interesting design. The Chinese designs are far more subdued, and most have a bit of a swastika motif built into them. The editor for the modern version has added an appendix with several photographs of original Chippendale era furniture (not necessarily built by Chippendale himself), including several chosen to show that it really was possible to build the more elaborate designs. This is perhaps the single most historically significant book on furniture design ever written, and no furniture library would be complete without it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Phillip P. Schmidt on January 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a classic and all the other reviews are right-on. If you're interested in woodworking--especially creating antique reproduction designs buy this book. It's cheap. Now if you're a woodworking novice, you'll likely be intimidated at the design detail saying "how can anyone ever carve that!" and you'll be tempted to throw it on the shelf and forget it. That's OK. If you keep doing woodworking, you'll find yourself coming back to look at Chippendale. You'll go to antique shows and museums and see the real thing and eventually gain the confidence to give it a try. The book is inspiring in its design. You should own it if you're interested in finewoodworking because over the years, your comfort with it will be a measure of your own woodworking maturity.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By samuel615@aol.com on April 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
This large catalog style paper back book is an excellent reference for architecture, furniture and design. Black drawing on newsprint paper, this book was a catalog of Thomas Chippendale's furniture shop in England and gives detailed motifs for the antique dealer and cabinet maker alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is the book to buy if you would like to know more about english rococo. Chippendale
used three different styles in his furniture,
french,gothic and chinese, mixed together.
To read and look at the pictures of this blend is
really interesting, and the price isn't anything to
talk about. This is a book you simply must have,
if you are interested in the rococo period
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