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Our jargon-busting Dictionary helps you to understand specialist antiques and collectables terms. Also included are the histories of factories, designers, and style movements across the centuries.
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The curved forms of c- and s-scrolls are used to create a fancy framework for other motifs. The c-scroll is a variation on Classical scrolled ornament, developed in the Rococo period.
1. A two-seater sofa designed in an S-shape, so that two sitters can be seated almost face-to-face. 2. A small tray, often made of porcelain, with a matching tea or coffee set. If designed for one person it is referred to as a ‘solitaire’; ...
A type of case furniture with drawers, pigeonholes and shelves. They were designed for storing and/or displaying valuable or small decorative objects.
Richly decorated small pieces, such as plates, cups and saucers, that were designed for display, not use, in a cabinet, as above. This 19th-century concept was popular throughout Europe and the US.
Carved ornament resembling twisted rope, sometimes called ropework. A typical Romanesque form used on arches and arcading. It was used in the 18th century as an edging on silver and ceramics and also as imitation ropework legs and ...