Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) was a renowned London cabinet-maker and furniture designer. He produced work in both the English Rococo, and Neo-classical styles. One distinctive feature of his work is the curved cabriole leg, ending in a distinctive foot such as a lion's paw.
Chippendale was the author of a guide to furniture making entitled The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Directory (1705) which was purchased and used by furniture makers throughout the world.
Reproductions of Chippendale designs, and furniture built in the Chippendale style remain popular today.