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Hepplewhite

[ hep-uhl-hwahyt, -wahyt ]

noun

  1. George, died 1786, English furniture designer and cabinetmaker.


adjective

  1. noting the style prevailing in English furniture c1780–c95, as illustrated in designs published by the firm of George Hepplewhite in 1788, reflecting Adam and Louis XVI influences.

Hepplewhite

/ ˈhɛpəlˌwaɪt /

adjective

  1. of, denoting, or made in a style of ornamental and carved 18th-century English furniture, of which oval or shield-shaped open chairbacks are characteristic


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Hepplewhite1

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Hepplewhite1

C18: named after George Hepplewhite (1727–86), English cabinetmaker
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Example Sentences

This shape was much affected by Hepplewhite on his sideboards, and by Sheraton in his earlier style (see Figures 35 and 38).

The three leading cabinetmakers were Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton.

Hepplewhite called them “gardes du vin”; they are now nearly always known as “wine-coolers.”

It is believed to be a Hepplewhite, though similar in lines to a rare design of Sheraton's.

An inlaid Hepplewhite table stood against the wall between the two front windows, with its drop-leaf raised against the wall.

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