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Corner cupboard
  • Corner cupboard
    Chippendale, Thomas Sr, born 1718 - died 1779
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Corner cupboard

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1768-1778 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chippendale, Thomas Sr, born 1718 - died 1779 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    soft-wood, with painted decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired through the generosity of H. E. Trevor, Esq., with the co-operation of some admirers of David Garrick

  • Museum number:

    W.24:1, 2-1917

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale supplied this cabinet to his friend and patron, the great actor David Garrick (1717–70). It was to go in Garrick’s villa on the bank of the River Thames at Hampton, Surrey. For the furniture of their villa, Mr and Mrs Garrick chose a light-hearted painted style, with Chinoiserie, or Chinese-style, decorations. This cabinet was for their bedroom. It matched the bed, two wardrobes and a small bookcase, which are all now part of the V&A collections (W.70-1916 and W.21 to 32-1917). In form, low corner cupboards like this one copied French fashions. In France, a pair of corner cupboards was often made to match a commode, or chest of drawers. Chippendale also supplied more formal furnishings for David Garrick's London house in Adelphi Terrace.

Physical description

Bow fronted corner cupboard with dark green and white painted decoration. The cupboard is fitted with a single shelf

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1768-1778 (made)

Artist/maker

Chippendale, Thomas Sr, born 1718 - died 1779 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

soft-wood, with painted decoration

Dimensions

Height: 96.5 cm, Width: x cm, Depth: x cm

Object history note

Museum negative 74591 shows this on display in Gallery 40 in 1936 as part of a display of Georgian furniture.

Descriptive line

Green and white painted corner cupboard designed by Chippendale for Garrick's villa

Labels and date

Corner cupboard
About 1768–78
Thomas Chippendale (1718–79)

England (London)
Made in Chippendale’s workshop
Softwood with painted decoration
Commissioned for Garrick’s villa at Hampton, Surrey

Acquired through the generosity of H. E. Trevor, Esq., with the co-operation of some admirers of David Garrick
Museum no. W.24-1917

Corner cupboards do not appear in any edition of The Director. This one is part of a suite of bedroom furniture commissioned by the actor David Garrick and painted to imitate Chinese wallpaper. Contemporary documents show that Chippendale’s work for Garrick also involved cleaning, altering and repairing furniture. [01/12/2012]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Soft-wood

Techniques

Painted

Categories

Furniture

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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