Thomas Chippendale: A Celebration of Craftsmanship and Design, 1718-2018

9 February - 10 June 2018, Leeds City Museum, LS2 8BH 

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), Britain’s most famous furniture maker. It will be the most comprehensive exhibition of Thomas Chippendale’s work ever presented and will include furniture, accessories, drawings, documents and other material from collections throughout the United Kingdom. Alongside well-known masterpieces from public collections there will be rarely-seen furniture from private houses and some new discoveries, never before exhibited.

The exhibition explores Thomas Chippendale’s life and work in five major themes: his family origins, training, career and the publication of the ground-breaking Director; his furniture in the Rococo, Gothic, Chinese and neo-Classical styles; the management of his commissions, including relations with clients; his workshops, including manufacturing and decorative techniques; and his legacy from the 18th century to the present day.

Entry to the exhibition is free. It is open Tuesday to Friday 10.00-1700, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 to 1700. Monday closed.

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