Come and enjoy the celebrations for the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale's birth. 
Paxton House will be holding a special exhibition and a programme of events and lectures to mark the occasion. 

Chippendale 300


Chippendale 300 exhibition ‘The Paxton Style: Neat & Substantially Good’ will be displayed from the 5th June to the 28th August 2018.

Chippendale 300 is a nationwide celebration of the master cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale, taking place in 2018 to mark the tercentenary of his birth in June 1718. Paxton House holds one of the largest and most important collections of Chippendale furniture in the UK, most of which was made especially for the House between 1774 and 1791. The nationally significant collection of Thomas Chippendale and William Trotter furniture at Paxton House, and their associated archives, have recently been awarded Recognition by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of The Scottish Government.

Paxton House will be holding an exhibition to celebrate Chippendale 300, ‘The Paxton Style: Neat & Substantially Good’ displaying key collection pieces of Chippendale furniture alongside outstanding and rarely seen pieces that are on loan from private and public collections, including the V&A Museum and the National Museums of Scotland. This exhibition defines the Paxton Style: a significant, and under-explored, element of the master cabinetmaker’s late oeuvre. The exhibition will be free to attend and will be open daily from 11am-3pm. 

There will also be a series of events and lectures held over the summer period to continue the festivities, including a bake off competition and furniture masterclasses. There will be something for all age groups and interests to enjoy, please click on the events below for more information about timings and entry prices. 

  • 5th June- 28 Aug: Chippendale exhibition ‘The Paxton Style: Neat & Substantially Good’
  • 5th June: The Chippendale Birthday Bake Off Competition
  • 14th June: Lecture by James Lomax, Hon. Curator of The Chippendale Society, ‘Chippendale: Master of Style’
  • 26th June: One day masterclass on Chippendale at Paxton led by Professor David Jones.
  • 5th July: Lecture by Professor David Jones, Furniture Historian and Co-Curator of the exhibition, ‘The Paxton Style’
  • 19th July: One day masterclass on Chippendale at Paxton led by Professor David Jones.
  • 26th July: Lecture by Dr Adam Bowett, Chairman of the Chippendale Society, ‘Through tempestuous seas’
  • 2nd Aug: Lecture by Dr Fiona Salvesen Murrell, Curator of Paxton House, ‘Chippendale: connection in the Caribbean, Genada, slavery and Paxton’
  • 9th Aug: Lecture by Charlotte Rostek, Curator Emeritus of Dumfries House, ‘Dumfries House- an Ayrshire Renaissance’


For more information about events that are happening throughout the country to celebrate Chippendale 300, please visit There are a large variety of exhibitions and events happening at Burton Constable Hall, Dumfries House, Firle Place, Leeds Museum, Temple Newsam, Master Carvers Association, Furniture History Society, Harewood House Trust, Newby Hall,  Weston Park and a number of National Trust properties that hold Chippendale work including Nostell Priory’s significant collection.

The Paxton House exhibition and its accompanying catalogue is the result of The Paxton Trust’s inaugural Research Fellowship funded by the Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant Programme, The Furniture History Society, and a private trust.