To celebrate the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale's birth, Chippendale 300 is a nationwide celebration of events inspired by the life, work and legacy of Thomas Chippendale, the most famous and influential furniture maker Britain has ever produced. Paxton House holds one of the world's largest collections of Chippendale furniture. Our Nationally Significant collection was awarded Recognition status by Museums Galleries Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, in 2017. The Paxton Style: 'Neat & Substantially Good' was developed by Thomas Chippendale to suit the preferences of two of Paxton’s patrons; Patrick Home (1728 – 1808) and Ninian Home (1732 – 1795). The collection combines relatively plain but innovative furniture forms with superb quality mahogany cuts and veneers. This personality was concisely defined by Ninian Home in a letter to Chippendale, written from Paxton in June 1789, in which he described what he wanted as ‘neat and substantially good’. The Paxton Style can be seen as a distinct family of furniture within Thomas Chippendale’s repertoire and is quite different from the productions of the elder Chippendale’s earlier career. It features restrained enrichment rather than ostentatious carving and gilding (which can be found in many other large stately homes around Scotland and England). The Paxton Style has enjoyed an enduring legacy that has influenced the design of mahogany furniture that followed. The exhibition will showcase 20 pieces of furniture from the Paxton Style collection and an additional 23 rarely seen masterpieces. These have been lent to Paxton House from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Museums of Scotland and private collections from Chippendale’s earlier career, to heighten the contrast between the two very different modes. Visitors will be introduced to the House and to Chippendale and have a once in a lifetime chance to engage with the theses masterpieces by the 18th Century, internationally renowned further maker. Many of which have never been seen in public before. The exhibition will be the first public showcase of the ‘Paxton Style’ subject to celebrate the tercentenary of the cabinet maker’s birth. The exhibition itself is free of charge but you will need to buy a Paxton House Grounds Pass which is £5 for adults (16 and over) and free for children under 16. A detailed catalogue about the exhibition will be on sale in our shop very shortly and we’ll be keeping our website and social media up to speed with all things Chippendale, so do keep an eye out! All details can be found on our website: https://paxtonhouse.co.uk/chippendale-300/ The Exhibition has been very generously supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland, the Furniture History Society, The Decorative Arts Trust (USA), The Leche Trust and private donors.
|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
(Adult 16 and above Paxton Ground pass)
|The exhibition itself is free of charge but you will need to buy a Paxton House Grounds Pass which is £5 for adults (16 and over) and free for children under 16.|
|Tuesday||05/06/2018||Tuesday||28/08/2018||11:00 - 15:00|
|Daily from 11:00 to 15:00.|
|5th June to August 28th 2018. Open Daily from 11am to 3pm.|