This weekend: “The life and times of Thomas Chippendale” Friday 21 February – Sunday 23 February, Maddingley Hall, Cambridge

We have just been notified about this fascinating course, being run by the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Continuing Education this coming weekend:

The life and times of Thomas Chippendale
Thomas Chippendale’s role in the development of furniture will be studied in the context of other designers and cabinet-makers working in the period 1740 to 1780. His work in the rococo taste and then in the neo-classical style for Robert Adam will be considered along with his standard design book of 1754: The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director.

The course will be taught by Martin Beazor. Martin is an antiques dealer and the Managing Director of his long-established family business, John Beazor Antiques in Cambridge. Martin has also lectured for the University of California, NADFAS and many antiques clubs and societies. He endeavours to convey not only the facts but also the feel of this fascinating subject. Martin has also been a member of the vetting Committee of the British Antique Dealers’ Association annual Fair. He is now a Fellow of the RSA.

This course will take place at Madingley Hall, an elegant 16th century country house three miles west of Cambridge that has been the home of ICE for much of its 140-year history. Accommodation within the Hall is available for the duration of the course weekend if desired, and meals in the grand dining hall –  presenting an excellent opportunity for further discussions with fellow students – are included as part of the cost.

The fee for this course is £240. Accommodation is available in one of Madingley Hall’s comfortable en suite bedrooms for the course weekend if required; visit the website for full details: