Miniature replica of the Chippendale table donated to Newby Hall — Harrogate Informer


Exact miniature replica of a rare Chippendale table specially made for Newby Hall, Ripon was donated to the Hall.

The name ‘Chippendale’ is synonymous with quality furniture making the world over and the table is a copy of the 1775 original kept in the Tapestry Room which was stolen in 2007 and recovered four years later.

Newby Hall is internationally recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive Chippendale interiors. Its furniture was commissioned in the 18th century as part of an interior redevelopment of the Halle carried out by Robert Adam.

Crafted by expert miniature cabinetmaker Geoffrey Wonnacott, the hand-crafted 1/12 scale Pembroke table faithfully reproduces Newby’s original two-leaf side table and is made of inlaid rosewood. The accompanying silver writing set is from Yorkshire-based Mike Sparrow, a specialist in miniature silverware for dolls houses.

It was commissioned by private collector Jane Fiddick for her Georgian dollhouse Adam, whose interiors were inspired by Newby Hall.

Jane’s Adam Miniature Dollhouse is part of a collection of 70 world famous dollhouses and miniatures donated to Newby Hall by Jane and her friend Caroline Hamilton in 2015. The exhibits are historically accurate miniature houses made to the finest detail. details and include hallmarked miniature silver, hand-blown glass, genuine porcelain, intricate stitching and hand-carved wood.

Jane Fiddick said:

When I first visited Newby, I was inspired by its fine interiors to design rooms in my Adam home that are an evocation of Newby’s rooms. When offering the house to Newby, I used a small Victorian-style wine table in the tapestry room of my dollhouse, but it just didn’t match the gold furniture. I decided to order a copy of Newby’s famous Chippendale table and Geoffrey painstakingly recreated it as an authentic reproduction.

Stately homes like Newby have fallen on hard times over the past two years so I am delighted to be able to support them in any way I can and to see the delight our collection of dolls houses continues to give visitors to Newby Hall .

The Chippendale miniature table being installed at Newby Hall

Newby Hall is one of the finest Adam Houses in the UK. It remains privately owned and is the family home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Compton.

Richard Compton said:

We are absolutely delighted to welcome this beautiful replica of our Chippendale table to Newby Hall’s dolls house collection which is much loved by our visitors of all ages, providing interest and undercover fun, essential in a Yorkshire summer! We thank Jane for her very nice gift.

Other Chippendale highlights on display at Newby Hall include a tapestry-covered suite created at the famed Gobelins factory in Paris, which has supplied the court of French monarchs since Louis XIV, dining chairs, room and maps as well as Pembroke tables.

Newby’s “Our Dollshouses” collection is on permanent public display at Newby Hall from April to September each year.


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