Celebrating 300 years of Chippendale

In 2018, we're marking 300 years since the birthday of the famous cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. His contribution to the collection at Nostell in West Yorkshire is outstanding and extensive. Find out more about this remarkable figure and his legacy at our places and learn what commemorative events and exhibitions are planned through the year at Nostell and online.

Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) is the most famous and influential furniture-maker Britain has ever produced. He rose from humble origins in the town of Otley, Yorkshire to become cabinet-maker to some of the most powerful and influential people of his day – aristocrats, politicians, businessmen, actors and royalty. His revolutionary book of designs, first published in 1754, made him famous throughout Europe and North America. Since then, the name ‘Chippendale’ has become a byword for fine quality furniture-making all over the world.

" A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier. That is why Chippendale is famous."
Tulips in Nostell's Rose Garden

Discover Chippendale in the new podcast episode 

Join curator James Grasby and furniture specialist Megan Wheeler who introduce us to the world-class collection at Nostell Priory. We explore the beautiful craftsmanship of Thomas Chippendale who was commissioned by the Winn family to furnish Nostell’s grand interiors.

" Thomas Chippendale’s genius lay in designing and creating with specialist craftsmen some of the most beautiful, sophisticated and elegantly proportioned furniture ever made in Britain. National Trust houses contain one of the world’s largest collections of his work, most of it fully documented and in its historic setting."
- Christopher Rowell, Furniture Curator