Thomas Chippendale
(1718-1779)

Died aged c. 61

Thomas Chippendale (June 1718 – 1779) was born at Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire. Chippendale 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, upon which success he became renowned. The designs are regarded as reflecting the current British fashion for furniture of that period and are today reproduced globally. He was buried 16 November 1779, according to the records of St Martin's-in-the-Fields, in the cemetery since built upon by the National Gallery. Chippendale furniture is highly valued; a padouk cabinet that came up for auction by Christies in 2008 sold for £2,729,250 (USD 5,324,763).

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The workshop of Thomas Chippendale and his son, cabinet makers stood near this site 1753-1813

61 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, WC2, London, United Kingdom where they worked

Thomas Chippendale world famous cabinet maker born at Otley 1718

Clapgate, Otley, United Kingdom where they was born near (1718)

Once the home of Thomas Chippendale

Kirkgate, Otley, United Kingdom where they lived

This plaque commemorates Thomas Chippendale the famous cabinet maker baptised at Otley Church 5 June 1718. The son of an Otley carpenter, who was born in a cottage which formerly stood here.

Boroughgate, Otley, United Kingdom where they was born (1718)