Not quite certain if this is the place to put this, but here goes. The BBC is running a series of documentaries about famous English furniture makers and carvers. The first programme in the series about Thomas Chippendale was shown last night (January 10) on BBC4. For anyone with access to the BBC’s web based iPlayer service (not certain it’s available everywhere) it is well worth viewing. The programme provided some superb historical information on Chippendale with numerous examples of his work, much of which was executed by the journeymen craftsmen he employed. Chippendale made relatively few pieces himself, but they are still around and command astronomical prices at auction. There is a detailed section on the marquetry techniques used to add ornamentation to many of the pieces he created.
The next programme to be shown on January 17 will be about Grinling Gibbons the carver.
Apologies if this post is not appropriate for here but I just thought people would appreciate being made aware of the programmes.
-- It always looks better when it's finished!