Jack Metcalfe examines the contents of Thomas Chippendale’s ground-breaking Director, first published in 1754, that originally established the ‘Chippendale brand’. This led Jack to uncovering the links with a fellow neighbouring furniture maker, Pierre Langlois, operating only a mile from Chippendale’s workshop and whose marquetry designs echoed many motifs found within the Director. In this book, Jack explores the possible union between the two furniture makers. This allowed Jack to further identify and reveal the marquetry team, both by name and nationality, who had performed all the marquetry work on Chippendale’s own commissions that were to follow. In addition, Jack examines the role of the man who cast all the brass mounts attached to Chippendale’s marquetry commissions.
Jack’s book reveals insights into the furniture industry of 18th-century London with an engaging narrative and scholarly historical links. Jack’s passion for the topic is evident throughout the book, complimented by his expert knowledge, gained from his unique training in the techniques of Chippendale’s marquetry. This book also provides proof that his book, Chippendale’s classic Marquetry Revealed, was in almost every way accurate in the statements declared in its narrative.
This book is the culmination of ten years research and building replica copies of two of Chippendales iconic pieces: namely the Diana & Minerva Commode, plus the tabletop of the table made for the Circular Dressing Room. Both pieces made initially for Harewood House in 1773 & 1772 respectively. The book covers all the known marquetry pieces ever made by Chippendale, totalling 27 items produced between 1769 and 1775.
This book is without doubt the most detailed and comprehensive anthology of the great man’s output in this short, yet exciting period of his working life. His marquetry furniture was without doubt the most successful and the most expensive of all his productions. Today, valuations of the same pieces, realise six and seven figure sums.
I make many ‘first’ amazing discoveries throughout the book and only by reading will you enjoy the startling journey held within the pages.
This training book written by myself and John Apps is a replica of the original, written by the same authors in 2003 and called: THE MARQUETRY COURSE It became an international ‘Best seller’, in its class, on Amazon. It was also translated into three foreign languages, Dutch, German and Hungarian.
In 2020 a revised edition was published, titled: THE CLASSIC MARQUETRY COURSE as seen here. This too has attracted a wide global interest, with the inclusion of highly rated guest marqueteurs and teachers from UK, Japan, Brazil and Canada.
Like the first edition, four furniture making projects and twelve marquetry projects take students of all levels of skill through the step-by-step illustrated processes to build and enjoy each tutorial.