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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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Qianlong porcelain (Chien Lung) Qianlong porcelain (Ch'ien Lung)

Chinese porcelain which was made in the reign of the Qing dynasty emperor, Qianlong (1736–95). The Jingdezhen kilns produced vast quantities of Chinese Export Porcelain and fine Imperial wares, often in the Ming or Song dynasty style. ...

Qing (Ching) dynasty Qing (Ch'ing) dynasty

The Chinese dynasty (1644–1912) which fell under the rule of the Manchu following the native Ming dynasty (1368–1644). The early years were marked by civil war and the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen, destroyed in 1673, were not rebuilt ...

Quadrant Quadrant

An instrument used for navigation, surveying or time-telling. Its shape is a quarter of a circle, on which is marked a scale of degrees from 0° to 90° so that the angle of elevation can be read after aligning the sights with the sun or a star. ...

Quaich Quaich

A shallow silver, pewter or wooden drinking bowl which has two flat handles. It originated in medieval Scotland, probably in wood, and as such is an example of treen. Early surviving examples date from the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

Quail pattern  Quail pattern

A decorative scheme showing a pair of quails among rocks and foliage, painted on porcelain. This popular motif originated in Japan on Kakiemon porcelain. It was widely imitated in Europe on porcelain and tin-glazed earthenware from the ...

Millers Quaint Furniture

See Stickley Brothers.