Early 19C Irish Chinese Chippendale Mahogany Buffet or Sideboard.
Made of the best Cuban flamed mahogany.
The Top of the piece has a pelmet to the rear of the buffet stand section.
The buffet stand is flanked by 2 raised platforms.
Each platform opens to reveal a storage or display area. The edges of each platform are beautifully carved. the body of the pillar is curved downwards and has two carved achantus leaves on the front of each.
The Buffet then moves downwards to a mid section that has beautiful hand carved friezes and Chinese Chippendale fret work around the drawer section, front and sides. The mid section has 4 drawers in total. One on each pillar and 2 central drawers.
Both sides are in pillar form with drawers and a cabinet or press.
One pillar contains a sliding wine rack with a re-moveable sliding drawer and the other a cutlery drawer with a re-moveable sliding drawer.
The Central Section has a gorgeous carved frieze…..with what appears to be a clam shaped central medallion as its central motif. This is why we think this may be Irish !!
The doors on the front pillars have STUNNING rococo style moldings ….. acanthus or vine leaves with curved sections and drop moldings.
The entire piece sits on gorgeously carved feet.
The drawers all have their ORIGINAL knobs and handles.
The piece has all working locks and working keys……but we are of the opinion that these locks were added later…….replacing the originals which probably lost their keys.
The locks appear to have been made by “LEGGE’ and are marked Made in England. We think these locks were added in the early 20th Century……but they do not detract from the piece as they are sympathetic to the piece and because they are fully functional they add to the use of the piece by making it secure and usable.
Chippendale, various styles of furniture fashionable in the third quarter of the 18th century and named after the English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale. The first style of furniture in England named after a cabinetmaker rather than a monarch, it became the most famous name in the history of English furniture at a time when such craftsmanship was at its zenith.
The descriptive term Chippendale is derived from a book of furniture designs, the first of its kind, that was published in 1754 in London and called The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director. The identity of the designers of the patterns in The Director is debatable in some instances, but Thomas Chippendale was clearly responsible for many of the best designs himself. The book was enthusiastically received, and furniture based on Chippendale’s designs was crafted in England, on the European continent, and in the American Colonies.Chippendale designs fall into three main styles: Gothic, Rococo (called modern in the pattern book), and Chinese. Chippendale blended these disparate stylistic elements into harmonious and unified designs. The term Chippendale specifically refers to English furniture of the 1750s and ’60s made in a modified Rococo style.Gothic Chippendale incorporated pointed arches and ogee (S-shaped) curves into the backs of chairs and, more successfully, in the glazing bars (wooden tracery holding the glass) and pediments of massive bookcases.Rococo Chippendale was to some extent a reaction against the heavy formality of Baroque furniture design, typified by the work of William Kent who died in 1748. Many of the Rococo designs were French in origin, but Chippendale modified some of them for the less flamboyant English market; among these are his French chairs, based on Louis XV designs. Probably the best-known Chippendale design is a broad-seated ribbonback chair, with a back rail in the form of a cupid’s bow, and the pierced splat (centre support in the back) composed of carved interlacing ribbons. The most elaborate Rococo designs, carved and gilded, were those for mirror frames, girandoles, and console tables.The Chinese Chippendale designs in The Director were applied to china cabinets, or china shelves, which had glazing bars in a fretwork design and a pagoda-style pediment. A similar fretwork was used for a gallery around the edges of “china tables,” or tea tables, and for the backs and legs of chairs. Some pieces of Chinese Chippendale furniture, often intended for rooms decorated in chinoiserie, or Chinese style, were japanned, or coated with oriental-style lacquer.Chippendale designs were simplified and adapted in the second half of the 18th century; two of these modified designs are country Chippendale and Irish Chippendale. Country Chippendale pieces were skilled adaptations, particularly of the renowned ribbonback chairs, by country craftsmen who could not cope with the intricate carving of Chippendale’s designs. The woods used were normally indigenous rather than the imported mahogany used in the more fashionable furniture. Irish Chippendale, mahogany furniture crafted in Ireland, while bearing a superficial resemblance to Chippendale’s designs, did not compare with their quality.Link: http://www.britannica.com/topic/Chippendale[divider style=”7″]Thomas Chippendale (probably born at Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, baptised at Otley 16 June [O.S. 5 June] 1718 – November 1779) was a London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. In 1754 he published a book of his designs, titled The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director. The designs are regarded as reflecting the current London fashion for furniture for that period and were used by other cabinet makers outside London.