Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being an English style of furniture of the late 18th century, characterized by its light, graceful lines, the use of concave curves, and the shield or heart backs of its chairs.
  • Hepplewhite, George Died 1786. British cabinetmaker whose elegant designs, now greatly admired, were considered unfashionable in his day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A style of furniture based on the designs of A. Hepplewhite, in England, in the later part of the eighteenth century. The Hepplewhite style is a delicate well-made adaptation of the current French motives of the period.

Etymologies

After George Hepplewhite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The chandelier is badly chosen.] [Illustration: A fine old Hepplewhite sideboard, with old glass and silver, but the modern wallpaper is not in harmony.] [Illustration: A modern Hepplewhite settee, showing the draped scarf carving he used so much.] _Hepplewhite_

    Furnishing the Home of Good Taste A Brief Sketch of the Period Styles in Interior Decoration with Suggestions as to Their Employment in the Homes of Today

  • It was a nineteenth-century reproduction of an eighteenth-century Hepplewhite: in other words, a piece of furniture designed for slender aristocrats.

    As Husbands Go

  • In the annals of American furniture before and after the Revolutionary War, the list of core names is brief and overwhelmingly English: Thomas Chippendale, the brothers Adam, Thomas Sheraton and George Hepplewhite are the designers whose work exerted the greatest influence on the American scene.

    Furniture for a Young Nation

  • A few of the pieces were worth something—a fine Hepplewhite sideboard, an Art Deco diamond cuff.

    Decorating With Mama's Things

  • Deborah Jane Hepplewhite, independent phonics consult adviser to Reading Reform Foundation Committee, for serv educ.

    New Year honours: the full list

  • "And so we got to put a 19th-century console and two Hepplewhite demi lunes into the silent bidding."

    Frugal Shopping in Southampton

  • How did the "deske," the "bureau-plat," the "secretary," those magnificent pieces of furniture that inspired Chippendale and Hepplewhite—the leather, bronze and marquetry surfaces that underscored treaties and rearranged continents—become "computer tables" with pull-out drawers for keyboards?

    The Write Stuff

  • The house's interior design was somewhat rococo, being full of "astral lamps and girandoles and Hepplewhite suite chairs", and for a long while, his daughter couldn't understand it: this kind of stuff was not exactly de rigueur in Beech Creek.

    Why graphic novels are more than picture perfect

  • Her life was the Rococo and neoclassical designs of craftsmen, from Chippendale to George Hepplewhite to Sheraton.

    The Burning Wire

  • Lady Hawksmoor gazed dispassionately around the salon before selecting a Hepplewhite sofa on which to sit.

    The Dressmaker

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