Chippendale furniture is named after the famous London cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. This furniture is known for its amalgamation of different furniture styles, which was the first of its kind. This style of furniture was very famous during the 18th century, and today it is considered as antique furniture of great value. Featuring either straight or slightly curved lines, Chippendale furniture is generally considered to have a refined and graceful form. This style of furniture blended three distinct furniture styles, namely Chinese, Rococo, and Gothic, to create a unique and harmonious style. Chippendale furniture providing a clear example of a mix between form and function. Most examples of this style of furniture include square, tall, boxed-up structures with lots of drawers or miniature doors.
While the pieces themselves were plain, the decoration used was not. Carved tops, family crests, and intricate knobs are all essential to the style. The signature structure of Chippendale furniture is the cabriole leg. This type of leg can be either straight or curved, but it always ends in a distinctive foot, such as a lion’s paw, or the ball and claw, which mimics an eagle foot holding a ball. While styles of this furniture varied somewhat between England and America, the distinctive leg form remained the same.