Chippendale's classic Marquetry Revealed

Chippendale's classic Marquetry Revealed

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About the book

In this authorative and wide-ranging volume, published to coincide with the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale's birth, Jack Metcalfe provides fascinating insights into all aspects of 18th century marquetry, gained from close first-hand examination of Chippendale's orginal pieces. Using his 'insider's' knowledge and skills as a practitioner, he details his discoveries about how veneers were cut and dyed, how marquetry panels were constructed and applied to furniture, what challenges marqueteurs faced and the resourceful ways they found of overcoming them.

With its lively, engaging narrative, and packed full of over 700 colour images, this book is essential reading for marqueteurs, cabinet makers, dyers, furniture historians and anyone interested in the work of arguably Britain's finest furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale.

There are seperate chapters covering: Materials, and tools used in Chippendale's time Techniques of 18th century marquetry Dyes and dyeing techniques, including the scientific analysis of dyes used on Chippendale's furniture Detailed step-by-step descriptions of the construction of three replica pieces by the author A detailed illustrated gallery of all the known marquetry commissions made by Thomas Chippendale.

About the Author

With over 20 years experience as a marqueteur, Jack Metcalfe has devoted himself to uncovering and mastering the techniques as practised by Chippendale's skilled artisans in the eighteenth century. Using equipment, materials, dyes and techniques as close to the original as possible, Jack has built replicas of several of Chippendale's most striking pieces of furniture, including the famous Diana & Minerva Commode. His careful research into the use of dyes, including ground-breaking scientific analysis of the dyes used on Chippendale's marquetry, has enabled him to reveal the often startlingly fresh colours that Chippendale furniture would have displayed when first made.

Jack frequently gives lectures on Thoams Chippendale's life and work, and especially his marquetry furniture. Jack's first book The Marquetry Course is available from selected internet booksellers.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 24mm | 1,275g
  • English
  • 700 Illustrations
  • 1916495818
  • 9781916495814
  • 1,279,224

Review quote

"A truely educational journey of 18th century working practises. As a practising marqueteur I can't quite get over the stunning replica Diana & Minerva Commode". UK buyers comment on Amazon

Following tributes from furniture practioners across Europe and USA

"The coloured illustrations beautifully compliment this educational epic" USA

"I have waited many years for this book to hit the buyers market. Now I own a copy and I can't wait to read it" USA

"Jack's talents are there for all to see and experience" Following his Chippendale lecture in Otley, where the great man was born 300 years ago - Otley Towns People member 2018 UK

"a story told from the heart and hands of a dedicated and talented practitioner" Marqueteur - Holland
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