Christie’s Thomas Chippendale Sale

London | United Kingdom

For those of you with an eye and passion for furniture, there is perhaps no other name more synonymous with the world of fine and collectible furniture than Thomas Chippendale. After all, with a nickname like ‘The Shakespeare of English Furniture’ you get an idea of just how important and influential the man really was and still is. If you are familiar with Chippendale’s works, you’ll know that this year is the 300th anniversary of this amazing furniture-maker’s birth. Wanting to really mark this special occasion, Christie’s auction house in London, is staging a very special auction on the 5th of July, the Christie’s Thomas Chippendale Sale. On this special date, Christie’s will be auctioning off a wide selection of very rare antique furniture which were painstakingly handcrafted by this master furniture-maker himself.

 

There are a number of amazing pieces on offer at this sale, though perhaps most sought-after is the George III Mahogany and Ebony Commode, which was commissioned for Sir Rowland Winn around the year 1767. This is the highest priced piece available at this auction, as it has an estimated value of around £3 – £5 Million. That’s around $3.96 – $6.61 Million (at the current exchange rate) for our overseas friends.

Sir Rowland Winn's Commode

Christie's Thomas Chippendale Sale
A George III mahogany and Indian ebony commode by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Rowland Winn of Nostell Prior | Estimate: £3-5million

The auction itself will feature 22 pieces, though it is the Commode that many will be most interested in. When the commode was sold at auction back in 1991 from the Messer Collection to a private collector at Christie’s where it broke the world auction record. If £3 – £5 Million sounds a little out of your price range, other items in the sale can be picked up for an estimated low price of just £5,000. The Deputy Chairman of Christie’s International, Charles Cator commented:

“The sale of the Messer Collection was a landmark event for English furniture and this commode was the sensation of the sale, setting a new benchmark for collectors to aspire to. This is, quite simply, the greatest single piece of Chippendale furniture that I have had the privilege to sell in my 45 years at Christie’s.”

The Dundas Sofas

Christie's Thomas Chippendale Sale
A pair of George III giltwood sofas from the suite of four sofas and eight armchairs designed by Robert Adam and executed by Thomas Chippendale | Estimate: £2-3 million each

The Brocket Hall Torcheres

Christie's Thomas Chippendale Sale
A pair of George III giltwood torchères by Thomas Chippendale, supplied to Sir Peniston Lamb, 1st Viscount Melbourne, circa 1773 for the Saloon at Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire | Estimate: £350,000 – 500,000

The Christie’s Thomas Chippendale Sale will present what many believe to be the most intensive selection of neoclassical works of art created by the expert cabinetmaker and furniture maestro. This will be a very special sale for Christie’s too, as Christie’s original rostrum, which can still be seen in salesrooms across the globe, was designed and presented by Thomas Chippendale to his good friend James Christie, when the auction house first opened its doors in 1766.

Images courtesy of Christie’s London

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