Chinese Chippendale Chairs

My husband today exclaimed in disdain at a set of Chinese Chippendale Chairs I am eyeing:

“When I see that, I think old, crusty Asian dining rooms. Bleh.”

I’m sure Darling, if you saw this, yes, I’d agree, crusty on the side:

Crusty Chinese Chippendale Chairs

An old Oriental room with Chinese Chippendale chairs

You can tell, can’t you, that he is NOT in any way into interior design? If he was, he’d seen the plethora of these chairs in tres’ chic rooms in blogland.

So this post is for him:

Darling these chairs are not crusty

… (with a little loving and attention, paintwork and pretty fabric)!

Foyer: Set from Nanny Diaries

Foyer: Set from Nanny Diaries

The Chinese Chippendale chairs that have come back into vogue of recent are pared-down interpretations of real antique Chinese chairs. Dining chairs in China in the 1700s would have been heavy, chunky, ornate rosewood pieces. Garden chairs were fashioned from bamboo and cane.

With Orientalism happening in the 1700s, chinoiserie started appearing in artwork, fabric, wallpaper, furniture. Mid-18th-century furnishings were so fancy and ubiquitous that in 1756, one waspish observer wrote, “Every chair in an apartment, the frames of [looking] glasses and tables must be Chinese: the walls covered with Chinese paper filled with figures which resemble nothing in God’s creation, and which a prudent nation would prohibit for the sake of pregnant women.”

2 white Chinese Chippendale chairs paired with a table make for an intimate corner in a living room

Thomas Chippendale started to marry the two (rosewood and bamboo) in the mid 1700s with his classically English pieces. These normally slender chairs are characterized by its pagoda motifs in the fretwork particularly on the back and the brackets beneath the seat rail.

Chartruese Chinese Chippendale chair in a dining room with black and white Chevron rug and aqua accents, via Jonathan Adler

via Jonathan Adler

White Chinese Chippendale chairs in an all white porch

All white Chinese Chippendale chairs surround a large old Spanish dining table

Chinese Chippendale chairs add angular interest to this vaulted ceilinged dining room, via Mudrick

via Mudrick

Yellow upholstery paired with white Chinese Chippendale chairs in this dining space add colour and interest to an all white room with strong large, black doors

Still crusty, Darling?

26 June 2010



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