Usually there’s an elephant in the room. This time we’re having a camel. With hump and everything that belongs to a camel. Well, not everything. But one feature (the hump) is enough to make the association apparently. I’ve never ridden a camel, but I guess the back of a real camel is not quite so comfortable as the cushioned sofa that bears the name of the animal.
Attributed first to Chippendale, the star English furniture designer of the 18th century, it takes the concept of a sofa towards a more comfortable direction. The slightly angled backrest, cushioned all over, makes it a less rigid settee, and the curved shape define it as a graceful and elegant piece of furniture.
The shape of legs vary often depending on the period it has been built – cabriolet legs are the ones typical to the Chippendale original style, while tapered legs come up in Hepplewhite versions and mono podium legs and feet on Empire pieces.
The Chippendale furniture style corresponds to the continental Rococo, but he also introduced in his designs, Gothic and Chinese shapes and motifs, which, combined with the soberness of the English cabinet making art, resulted in beautiful furniture designs, very valuable and appreciated equally in his times as today.
Not much gossip related to this piece of furniture, no matter how much I dig, nevertheless, what is worth to know is that the Chippendale style was the first English style that was not named after a monarch, but after a cabinetmaker.
Enjoy the contemporary use of this sofa in the picture below. Once again, I am absolutely mad about the distinct character of an interior where antiques are part of the approach.