Nostell Priory: The Treasury of Chippendale's Masterpieces

Nostell Priory: The Treasury of Chippendale's Masterpieces

July 18, 2016

Nostell Priory was designed in the fashionable Palladian style, intended to be a symbol of the owner’s wealth and fashionable taste. It was almost completely furnished by Chippendale, including the chopping block in the kitchen.

The Top Hall at Nostell Priory remodelled by Robert Adam. The hall chairs, a set of eight, originally  painted white, were designed by Chippendale to match Adam's neat neoclassical hall.

North Staircase at Nostell Priory

An opulent George III period barometer by Justin Vulliamy in the North Staircase at Nostell Priory. The neat case veneered in fine tulipwood with richly carved and gilt ornament was made by Thomas Chippendale in 1768.

Typical Chippendale's Rococo frets on a bookcase in the North Staircase at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory, The Library, one of the six lyre back chairs, and the exceptional library table, all supplied by Thomas Chippendale. The table is decorated with Kentian motifs and is ornamented with lion's heads and paws.

 Nostell Priory, the North Staircase a gilt metal wall lantern in the Chinese taste (one of a pair)

Nostell Priory, The Billiard Room. An outstanding writing table on cluster column legs and most unusual brass handles

Nostell Priory, The Library, one of the six lyre back chairs, and the exceptional library table, all supplied by Thomas Chippendale. Note the magnificent Adam ceiling.

Nostell Priory, The Library, one of the six lyre back chairs, "the carving exceeding rich in antique taste". The imposing bookcases were designed by Robert Adam in the neoclassical taste and executed by Chippendale in the finest manner.

Nostell Priory, Tapestry Room. An imposing painted and gilt seating furniture suite was commissionned to Gillows of Lancaster and London in 1830's and has been recently restored to its former glory.

Nostell Priory is the only house to preserve an original Chinese hand-painted wallpaper supplied by Chippendale.

State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory. A dressing commode, one of a suite of the green and gold lacquer chinoiserie furniture made by Chippendale for the house. Invoiced in 1771, costing 15 pounds 10 shillings.

State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory. Thomas Chippendale's exceptional gilt and painted pier glass in the Chinese taste. The walls still retain the Chinese hand-painted wallpaper also supplied by Chippendale.

State Bedchamber at Nostell Priory. The original 18th century Chinese hand-painted wallpaper and  two open armchairs from a suite of green painted and gilt seat furniture in the Chinese taste, supplied by Chippendale for the house.