"Chippendale fretwork"

Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was an 18th Century cabinet maker and furniture designer. The business he set up was continued by his son of the same name, now referred to as Thomas Chippendale the younger (1749-1822).


Fretwork is a woodworking technique whereby small pieces of wood, cut with a fine-bladed fret saw, are put together to form various patterns.

These fretwork patterns may be 'open' (one can see through them) or 'blind' (they are fixed onto, or carved into, a solid wood background).