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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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Peter Carl (1846–1920)  Fabergé Faberge, Peter Carl (1846-1920)

Carl Fabergé specialized in the design and making of jewellery and objects d’art, combining the highest artistic skill with minute attention to detail. He was a master craftsman, best known for the stunningly beautiful Imperial eggs ...

Facet Facet

A facet is a form of ornamentation made up of a series of shallow cuts creating sharp edges that reflect the light and seen mainly on glass and jewellery. 1. Facet-cut stems were applied to English wineglasses from c.1770 onwards.2. This ...

Façon de Venise (French: “Manner of Venice”) Façon de Venise (French: “Manner of Venice”)

A term applied to Venetian style glassware which was made in other European countries.1. Produced during the mid -16th century and 17th century by emigrant Venetian glassmakers. 2. Made from a grey-toned soda glass, often with an ...

Faenza potteries Faenza potteries

The Faenza Potteries, started in the 13th century, were the most influential area of Italy for the production of Majolica lead glazed pottery, where the majolica industry had become well established by 1450.2. The first examples of the ...

Fahrner Fahrner

A jewellery company founded in 1855 in Pforzheim, southwest Germany, by Georg Seeger and Theodor Fahrner. When Fahrner died in 1883, his son, also called Theodor, took over, and began to produce pieces in the Jugendstil (Germany’s version of Art Nouveau) style. In 1900, the company won ...

Faience Faience

A type of tin-glazed lightly baked earthenware fashionable during the 16th and 17th centuries throughout Europe. Produced mainly in red or buff colour, it was then coated with a white or enamel glaze, giving it a finish similar to ...