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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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Val-Saint-Lambert glasshouse Val-Saint-Lambert glasshouse

Belgium’s most important glasshouse, founded in 1825 by Francois Kemlin and Auguste Lelievre just outside Liege. It is best known for its strongly coloured cut glass in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, and also made some ...

Millers Valadier, Luigi (1726-85)

An Italian bronze-founder, and the official silversmith of Pope Pius VI from the late 1770s. He produced ecclesiastical and domestic silver, particularly ornate epergnes decorated with representations of Classical sculpture and ...

Millers Valencia potteries

A Spanish centre of lustreware making. Before 1400 it was based in Malaga. The finest 15th-century lustrewares were probably made in the Valencia suburb of Manises. The best pieces are dishes (40–50cm/16–20in diameter) made for ...

Millers Valenciennes

A French or Belgian bobbin lace centre, which made very fine straightlace that, typically, had no cordonner (raised outline threads) and complex patterns. 18th century Valenciennes lace was densely patterned with flowers, snowflakes ...

Valentine card Valentine card

A sentimental card, derived from the centuries-old custom of sending love verses. The first commercial examples first appeared in the early 19th century. By the middle of the 19th century cards had developed into highly decorative ...

Artus (18691904)  Van Briggle Van Briggle, Artus (1869-1904)

A US art potter. He was active as a decorator at the Rookwood Pottery. He is best known for producing Art Nouveau matt-glazed vessels at his pottery in Colorado Springs (established 1899). His widow sold the factory in 1912, but it is still in ...