Jul. 27

 

DESIGN DICTIONARY: Ribband

by Lynn Byrne

ribband close up chair

“If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.”

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” –Socrates

RIBBAND:  Carved ribbon decoration.  First used by Thomas Chippendale in 1754 to describe the elaborately pierced center support of a chair back in form of a ribbon and bow.  Sometimes spelled with one b, riband.  Can also be used to describe a painted ribbon decoration.

Ribband back chairs line drawing by Thomas Chippendale. Signed in pen and brown ink at lower left of recto: "Th. Chippendale inv. at Diln"

Ribband back chairs line drawing by Thomas Chippendale. Signed in pen and brown ink at lower left of recto: “Th. Chippendale inv. at Diln”

Thomas Chippendale chair with ribband back

 

riband back

 

All of these chairs can be described as having a ribband (or ribbon) back.

All of these chairs can be described as having a ribband (or ribbon) back.

Settee with ribband back

Settee with ribband back

Giltwood Faux Bamboo Mirror, 19th century, with floral wreath cresting, bows of ribband, and tasseled roping over rectangular beveled mirror with faux bamboo frame

Giltwood Faux Bamboo Mirror, 19th century, with floral wreath cresting, bows of ribband, and tasseled roping over rectangular beveled mirror with faux bamboo frame

 1916 Order of St George  Fabrege Egg with ribband decoration

1916 Order of St George Fabrege Egg with ribband decoration

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Chest with painted ribband decoration

Chest with painted ribband decoration

Some contemporary interpretations:

'Ribbon Barstool' Design: Danielle Trofe, Brooklyn, NY

‘Ribbon Barstool’
Design: Danielle Trofe, Brooklyn, NY

Ribbon chair by Richard Judd

Ribbon chair by Richard Judd

Photo Credits:   white ribband  ribband close- up   Chippendale chair  Line drawing from Met. Settee  Fabrege egg   Candelabra   Ribbon barstool  Richard Judd chair  Chair collage: Jonathan Charles, Victorian chair  Chippendale pair of chairs  Painted chest.

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