Are You Sitting on Chippendale?

At Home in the 18th Century

Many Chippendale chairs and other pieces, now considered priceless, spent a century or more being casually knocked about in the servants’ quar­ters before they were rediscovered and returned to the main house in the Edwardian era. Some six hundred pieces of Chippendale furniture have now been con?rmed altogether. Others, handed down or disposed of in estate sales, could easily be sitting unregarded in some country cottage or suburban bungalow, more valuable than the houses that contain them.

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