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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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Abdy, William (d. 1790) Abdy, William (d. 1790)

British silversmith. Registered marks as a smallworker in 1763, 1767, 1769, 1779 and 1784. His son Thomas worked as his apprentice.

Abercromby, Robert Abercromby, Robert

British silversmith. Marks registered in 1731, 1739, and 1740. Was in partnership with George Hindmarsh. Registered mark in 1731. Specialised in the making of salvers.

Robert Frederick  Abrahams Abrahams, Robert Frederick (1827-95)

An English artist and porcelain decorator, known for his work at Coalport and Copeland and Garrett. Abrahams studied in Paris and Antwerp and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1846–51. In 1855, he ...

Abrash Abrash

In carpets, the variations in tone and saturation found within a single colour. This effect is due to the variations in batches of wool that were dyed at different times. It is most pronounced on large areas. ...

Abstract Expressionism Abstract Expressionism

A term used to describe particular paintings by Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky. First coined in 1919, today it applies to a body in American art and studio ceramics, c.1942, which had huge impact on the art world in the 1950s and early ...

Millers Abtsbessingen pottery

Based in Thuringia, Germany, the Abtsbessingen pottery produced a fine white-glazed faience. The pottery operated from 1747–91, producing some of the finest faience in the 18th century. Ceramics painter Joseph Philipp Dannhofer ...