"-Uncle Rickie, really...
- Sit down or by the law Harry I'll knock you down.
Walter squints vainly for a chair.
- He has nothing to sit down on, sir.
- He has nowhere to put it, you mug. Bring in our Chippendale chair." (U3.92)
Thomas Chippendale (1718 - 1779) was a famous London cabinet-maker and furniture designer in the mid-Georgian, English Rococo, and Neoclassical styles. He published (1754) a book of his designs, titled 'The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director' that established the fashion for furniture for that period. Malahide Castle has a fine collection of Chippendale chairs.