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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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La Cloche Freres. La Cloche Freres

A jewellery company established in Paris by four brothers in 1897. They quickly gained a reputation for stylish, ornate jewellery including diamond garlands, intricate Art Deco jewellery, bracelets inspired by Ancient Egyptian and ...

Labret Labret

A tribal lip ornament made from shell, bone, or stone.

Laburnum. Laburnum

A hardwood tree with streaked yellowish brown wood with a strong contrasting heart. Native to the USA, and Europe, it was mostly used in the late 17th century for inlay such as Parquetry and Oyster veneer. ...

Lacca Povera. Lacca Povera

A name for a lacquer substitute that was produced in Italy. The technique was to glue decorative bit of scrap paper and cut out print onto of the surface of an object and gradually seal under many several of varnish. This method was far ...

Lace Box. Lace box

A small square or rectangular box made of wood. These were made in the 17th and 18th centuries to keep lace, gloves and similar items. They had a flat hinged lid and compartments inside to separate the different items. They were often ...

Millers Lacework

A reproduction of lace made in porcelain. The material was made by dipping a piece of lace into a liquid porcelain slip, letting it dry, then firing the porcelain which burnt away the textile. Meissen invented the process in 1764, and it ...