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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
British Galleries, Room 118a

Design

1761 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Object Type
These designs are from a series of 37 in the V&A. The full-title of the edition for which they were made is The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. The volume was one of the most lavish ever devoted to furniture. It demonstrated the full range of furniture that was available at the time, from bookcases to the tea canisters, from branched wall candleholders, known as girandoles, to a clothes press.

Design & Designing
The double line down the centre of this sheet of paper divides it into two. This enables a design for two pier glasses to be shown, half on each side on the central line. Chippendale also sketched centre detail over this double line to suggest the top of the pier glass and thus enable either one, or the other, to be imagined as a whole entity.

Historical Associations
The British won a series of spectacular victories in India under Robert Clive (1725-1774) and in Canada under General James Wolfe (1727-1759). These victories occurred in the years immediately preceding the date that these designs were drawn. Chippendale featured trophies of war in the design on the right, including a group of armour, spears, flags and a sword on the bottom left. Such patriotic elements would appeal to the gentlemanly clients for whom these designs were made.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pen and ink and wash on laid paper
Brief Description
Designs for Pier Glasses No 173, drawn in London by Thomas Chippendale (senior), 1761
Physical Description
Pen and ink and wash drawing on laid paper
Dimensions
  • Height: 33.4cm
  • Width: 20.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'T.Chippendale' (Maker's identification; bottom left corner; signed; Pen and ink)
Gallery Label
British Galleries: These designs by Chippendale are original drawings for the third edition of 'The Director' published in 1762. The mirrors were intended for piers, the wall sections between windows. The skill and inventiveness of his design drawings were the basis of Chippendale's commercial success.(27/03/2003)
Object history
Drawn in London by Thomas Chippendale (born in Otley, West Yorkshire, 1718, died in London, 1779)
Summary
Object Type
These designs are from a series of 37 in the V&A. The full-title of the edition for which they were made is The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director. The volume was one of the most lavish ever devoted to furniture. It demonstrated the full range of furniture that was available at the time, from bookcases to the tea canisters, from branched wall candleholders, known as girandoles, to a clothes press.

Design & Designing
The double line down the centre of this sheet of paper divides it into two. This enables a design for two pier glasses to be shown, half on each side on the central line. Chippendale also sketched centre detail over this double line to suggest the top of the pier glass and thus enable either one, or the other, to be imagined as a whole entity.

Historical Associations
The British won a series of spectacular victories in India under Robert Clive (1725-1774) and in Canada under General James Wolfe (1727-1759). These victories occurred in the years immediately preceding the date that these designs were drawn. Chippendale featured trophies of war in the design on the right, including a group of armour, spears, flags and a sword on the bottom left. Such patriotic elements would appeal to the gentlemanly clients for whom these designs were made.
Collection
Accession Number
2598

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record createdMarch 27, 2003
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