Chippendale Society Visit to Rokeby Park

In the afternoon we proceeded to Rokeby, a quintessential neo-Palladian house built by an amateur architect for himself.  In order to understand the arrangement of the house we gathered in front of the south façade where Sally Davies, the current administrator of the house, introduced the physical architecture and the personalities, Sir Thomas Robinson, J. S Morritt and his son … Read more…

Three Day Visit to Oxfordshire and Warwickshire

Our three day visit to Warwickshire and Oxfordshire was organised by Tony Mills and James Lomax and was based at the comfortable Charingworth Manor Hotel near Chipping Campden. Ragley has a long history of alternating activity and atrophy. The Robert Hooke house of the 1680s was never completed as planned, was continued by the elderly James Gibbs in the 1750s … Read more…

A Mahogany China Case, c. 1755

Mahogany China Case, c.1755, after a design by Thomas Chippendale. Ronald Phillips Ltd. One of the highlights of this year’s catalogue from London dealer Ronald Phillips Ltd is this mid-eighteenth century mahogany China Case, whose design corresponds closely to plate CVI of the first edition of Chippendale’s Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director (1754). The China Case was acquired from a private … Read more…