Hepplewhite style

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The style of 18th-century English furniture which follows on from Chippendale, named after the cabinet-maker George Hepplewhite (d. 1786). No pieces of furniture have been identified as his work, but his fame lies in the posthumous publication in 1788 of his book of designs The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterer's Guide. This contained around 300 illustrations of all types of furniture and was widely used as a trade catalogue. The furniture was light, simple, and elegant, often in satinwood inlaid with other exotic woods. Styles included serpentine and bow-fronted chests and shield-back chairs, with which the Hepplewhite name is synonymous. These complemented the fashionable Adam style and were as popular as the designs of Thomas Sheraton, the other leading furniture maker of the period.

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