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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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Nabeshima Nabeshima

Japanese porcelain made for the Lords of Nabeshima from the mid-17th century, at Okawachi near Arita. Nabeshima was produced from the second half of the 17th century until c.1870. The wares consist of mainly curved dishes with high foot ...

Nail-head decoration Nail-head decoration

A form of decoration where dome-headed brass nails, used to secure upholstery to chairs or leather to chests or trunks, are used ornamentally. Sometimes called ‘close nail work’.

Nailsea Glasshouse Nailsea Glasshouse

The company originally produced window, sheet and bottle glass but is better known the sideline of bottles, vases and jugs made from dark bottle glass with internal white flecked decoration. Founded at Nailsea, near Bristol, in 1788. ...

Nain Nain

A carpet-producing town in Central Persia: its products are similar to carpets made in nearby Isfahan, with curvilinear floral designs, and details often outlined in white silk. Weaving began c.1940 and continues today. Ivory and blue ...

George  Nakashima Nakashima, George (1905-1990)

Japanese-American architect and designer become one of the leading figures in the American craft movement. Whilst Nakashima was interned during the Second World War, he trained in traditional Japanese ...

Namiki goldfish detail Namiki

Namiki are a Japanese brand of writing equipment, most notably fountain pens. Known today as Pilot Pen Co. Ltd, the company was founded as...