Thomas Chippendale: Designer, Maker, Decorator

Harewood House, West Yorkshire


To mark the tercentenary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, Harewood House displays its holdings of the Yorkshire-born cabinetmaker’s work. Taking the form of a trail through the house and grounds, the exhibition will explore Chippendale’s craftsmanship and activity at Harewood, celebrating his talent as a designer and maker of furniture as well as his wider role as a decorator. The exhibition includes a mirrored display of the Diana and Minerva Commode, widely considered to be Chippendale’s masterpiece, as well as a contemporary response to Chippendale by artist Geraldine Pilgrim, who will create an installation for the grounds of Harewood House and a further display for the House’s Terrace Gallery. Find out more about the ‘Thomas Chippendale’ exhibition from Harewood House’s website.

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Inside the canopy of the State Bed. Courtesy Harewood House Trust

Satinwood armchair, Thomas Chippendale

Satinwood armchair (18th century), Thomas Chippendale. Courtesy Harewood House Trust

Yellow Drawing Room. Photo: Michael Beckwith. Courtesy Harewood House Trust

Mirror, Thomas Chippendale

Mirror in the East Bedroom (18th century), Thomas Chippendale. Courtesy Harewood House Trust

State Dining Room furniture, Thomas Chippendale

State Dining Room furniture (18th century), Thomas Chippendale. Photo: Paul Barker, Courtesy Harewood House

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