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Chippendale's classic Marquetry Revealed

Chippendale's classic Marquetry Revealed

by Jack Metcalfe


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About the Author

With over 20 years' experience as a marqueteur, Jack Metcalfe has devoted himself to uncovering and mastering the techniques of marquetry as practiced 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 sceintific analysis of the dyes used on Chippendale's marquetry, has enabled him to reveal the often startling fresh colours that Chippendale's furniture would have displayed when first made.

About the book

In this authorative and wide-ranging volume, published to concide 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 origianl pieces. Using his 'inside's' knowledge and skill as a practioner, he details his discoveries about how veneers were cut and dyed, how marquetry panels were constructed and applied to furniture, what challenges marqueturs 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.
  • Details 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.

Jack frequently gives lectures on Thomas 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

ISBN-13: 9781916495807
Publisher: Jack Metcalfe
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Thomas Chippendale, London workshop, the classic movement.

Chapter 2 Materials & Tools Veneer species, how veneers were produced in the 18th century? What type of fretsaw did they use, and how to easily build a replica. Inlay knife as used on Chippendale marquetry.

Chapter 3 Techniques Inlaying marquetry technique, two-part fretsawing technique, who produced the marquetry work in London during Chioppendale's reign?

Chapter 4 Dyes & Discoveries Englands Alum Trade, discovering 18th century dyes, discovering a new scientific method of identifying dyes on marquetry on Chippendale's original furniture.

Chapter 5 Building a Chippendale Replica door panel identifying original dyed veneers, building the replica copy from scratch. Making a ground-breaking discovery that changed the course of marquetry techniques.

Chapter 6 Building the replica Diana & Minerva Commode An indepth journey that took ten years to complete, told in a heartfelt epic story. Step-by-step construction using tools and techniques of the period.

Chapter 7 Buildinga a replica Pier Table A story of past disasters and original practises, colliding to a compromising reproduction that produces many tantilising questions and answers.

Chapter 8 Gallery of Chippendale's marquetry furniture twenty-one known marquetry pieces, fully illustrated and analysed. A final revealing story discovered by the author brings this epic book to a thrilling crescendo.

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