February 26th, 2004

Chippendale Chair Stamp Newest Addition To American Design Series


The United States Postal Service will issue a new 4-cent definitive stamp as part of its American Design series at noon on March 5.

The stamp features a stylized treatment of a Chippendale chair made in Philadelphia between 1760 and 1765.

The Chippendale style of furniture was named for the English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), whose book "The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director" influenced furniture design on both sides of the Atlantic.

Made of mahogany, the Chippendale chair depicted on the stamp features artist Lou Nolan's stylized treatment of a Chippendale side chair, or chair without arms. The artist based his design on a chair that is part of the collection of decorative arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., while the colors Nolan used for the wood and seat cover give the stamp design a contemporary feel.

The American Design series began in May 2002 with the 5-cent American Toleware stamp, followed by American Clock (2003) and Tiffany Lamp (2003). Reflecting the rich diversity of American design, the series showcases objects from various areas, regions and ethnic cultures that combine utility with beauty and function with form. The American Design series replaces the 1981-1995 Transportation series. The stamps in the American Design series vary in denomination from one cent through ten cents.

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