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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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Gabbeh Gabbeh

A type of tribal rug with a thick wool pile and bold abstract coloured designs, made in south and west Persia. Gabbeh were originally woven for domestic use, but today they are commercially produced for the export market. Examples from the ...

Gadrooning  Gadrooning

A decorative border of convex flutes or lobes, usually applied as an edging on a curved surface. It developed during the Renaissance from Classical reeding. Gadrooning was popular on furniture and woodwork from the 16th century, ...

Gainsborough chair  Gainsborough chair

An armchair named for its appearance in the portraits of Thomas Gainsborough. The style was made from the mid-18th century onward. It has an upholstered seat and back, and concave arm supports. The legs and arms are often carved with ...

Emile Gallé Galle, Emile (1846-1904)

Gallé is world famous for his virtuoso pieces of French Art Nouveau glass, furniture and ceramics. Emile Gallé, 1846–1904. Gallé’s father owned a glass and faience factory in Nancy, Lorraine, France. He studied botany, drawing ...

Galleon motif  Galleon motif

A motif based on a traditional ship of war. This motif was widely adopted by the Arts and Crafts movement as a decorative pattern for ironwork, tiles, ceramics, textiles and glass.

Gallery Gallery

An ornamental miniature railing, set round the edge of a tray, table, cabinet, or shelf. It is usually made of wood or metal.