ROBSJOHN-GIBBINGS, T.H; Mary Petty (illustrator). Good-bye Mr. Chippendale. 7 illustrations as called for. (Pages age-toned, light occasional spotting). Publisher’s green cloth (lightly faded), with cream and pink lettered illustrated dust-jacket (light chipping, light browning on front and verso of Jacket, light staining/marks. Jacket in protective plastic sleeve). New York: Alfred Knopf, 1944.
“Here is the entertaining inside story of the fashion (and passion) for antique furniture and interior decoration. With caustic wit and delightful irony, the author, who is a furniture designer himself, debunks the ‘’untouchable trinity of the antique legend’’ Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton. Ever since Oscar Wilde urged them to “be Early English’’. Americans have been obsessed by antiques. The author shows you what the results have been, by taking you on a tour, among other things, of the chateau country of nineteenth century Fifth Avenue, with glimpses into the Venetian palaces and Gothic cathedrals inhabited by the American rich”.