Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Chinese Chippendale

Not sure why 
I love a Chinese Chippendale 
pattern so much.

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It might be a result of the many trips 
we took to colonial Williamsburg
when I was a little girl....?


Or it may have something to do 
with my love of history 
and architecture.....?


Maybe it's because the designs are simply beautiful?

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Whatever the case,
I love it.

Classic. Timeless. Elegant.


We had Chinese Chippendale 
porch railings, a screen door,  
and a gate added to
the colonial house 
that we used to live in.

And to think it has been around since
the 1700's. It really is timeless.



Here is a little background information on Thomas Chippendale:

The Chinese Chippendale patterns 
are named after Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), 
London’s most widely known furniture and cabinet maker
during the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles.
This classic motif originated from his interest in incorporating Chinese 
and other Asian elements into various furniture
and cabinetry designs.

The geometric line patterns, usually within a rectangular framework, 
are varied and quite complex for a builder or artisan to execute. 
During the colonial period, Americans adapted and used
Chinese Chippendale designs for fence railings, porch balustrades,
railings on roof tops, interior staircases,
and furniture and accessory designs.

Chippendale elements are evident in the preserved homes and buildings
in colonial Williamsburg, and at Jefferson’s Monticello.

(Taken in part from Wikipedia and from thisiscarpentry.com)






Do you like Chinese Chippendale patterns?
Do you have any in your home?



❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Great pictures! I love the timeless look of Chinese Chippendale too.


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Wonderful images you've shared. I enjoyed the information, too. I would sooo love to have that little bridge!!

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Rebecca said...

I learned something here today! The pattern is lovely in the settings you've shown. (I can't think of one example in my house however.)

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

don't have any, but feel inspired to add them! love the planters for the boxwood and NEED. thanks for the source and reminder.

your front door is amazing, and living with that history is pure magic I'm sure.

our house (est. 2007) is counting on us to add timeless charm and elements for future generations to cherish.



Pamela said...

Alison i have forever been a huge fan of this design! I must confess i never knew it had a proper name!
Thank you for the history on it. So good to know!!

Babs said...

Alison, Oh, I wanted a Chinese Chippendale deck railing because I love the style so much, but somehow I didn't think it would work on a 1980 split level house. Instead I got planter boxes. But was many years ago and they've gone by the wayside. Have you ever lived in a house that wasn't your personality? That's me. :) lol Thanks for sharing the great photos. I love Colonial Williamsburg and would go again in a heartbeat.

Pinky said...

Now that you ask, I do love it and have ALOT of Asain accents, furniture, accessories, screens etc. but NO, Chinese Chippendale???? I don't know why! Now I am going to be on the hunt for some!!!! XO, Pinky

Upscale Downhome said...

I absolutely love Chinese Chippendale! I don't have any in my home at present but they are on my wishlist. Thanks for providing the history; I love learning about that!

Sarah said...

Alison, I adore Chinese Chippendale. Don't have any in our home, but once had the opportunity to purchase a pair of red lacquer arm chairs in Chinese Chippendale. Just didn't have a spot for them, but I still think about them frequently. Just need a larger house. LOL
Thanks for sharing all these wonderful inspiration images. ~ Sarah

Emily said...

hi Alison, I love this design style and I think its a more formal look. If I had a deck on this home I would have used the design for the rail. All inspiring photographs.

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Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh Alison I would love to have that staircase...absolutely stunning. Thanks for a great post.

Anonymous said...

Great Pics and are timeless!

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Yes, I've loved this style for years but I never knew it was called Chinese Chippendale. Thanks for enlightening me!

Carolyn@SweetChaos said...

I don't have any, but I might have to add some after your post! My house is a Williamsburg Colonial style... hmmm... Thanks for the great pics and info :)

Karena said...

Alison I completely agree there is something so elegant yet simple about Chinese Chippendale...whether on gates or a chair, etc.

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is a favorite of mine also.

The green screen door makes my heart sing.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love Chippendale but looked around and couldn't find any in my house! Gorgeous photos. I love anything timeless and classic. Thanks for the history lesson!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Alison, Beautiful images. In a previous home we added Chinese Chippendale rails to our porch. I have always like this style.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Now just why is it I grew up in Yorktown, right by Williamsburg and I am not familiar with Chinese Chippendale? I left Va. while still in high school so somethings I didn't take in being that young. On the other hand I think because of where I grew up the Colonial style is imbedded in me. I loved looking at your photos (several times) and now I will be on the lookout for Chinese Chippendale! :)


Sue said...

Love the images you shared Alison. I love all
traditional decorating elements. I don't think I have any Chippendale ~ but it is timeless.

Cindy said...

Love the look of Chinese Chippendale also...classic and adds such an elegant touch!

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful images! I love Chinese Chippendale patterns, and especially love them used outdoors in railings and such. I love seeing them used in arbors with climbing roses, and in bridges. So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Mclaughlin said...

I love all of these patterns. I have a Chippendale style screen door that I ordered as a kit from Monticello in 1994! I love it every time I see it.