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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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Zanfirico Zanfirico

A glass making technique, in which thin white or coloured glass threads or ribbons are twisted together within a casing of clear, colourless glass to form a rod. These are then used to decorate the bodies of glass vessels, or combined to form ...

Zebra wood Zebra wood

A general term used for several vividly striped tropical hardwoods. Zebra wood was primarily used from the late 18th to the early 19th century, as a veneer.

Eva (b.1906)  Zeisel Zeisel, Eva (b.1906)

A Hungarian-born ceramics designer, known for her practical, Modern designs. She opened her first workshop in Hungary in c1925. She worked for a number of notable factories, which include Majolika-Fabrik Schramberg and Christian ...

Frantisek Zemek Zemek, Frantisek

Frantisek Zemek (1913-1960) was a Czech glass cutter, designer and maker. He studied at the Zelezny Brod glass school from 1938-40, followed by the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. Subsequently, he worked at the Kamenicky Senov ...


A tribe living in New Mexico. They are known for their pottery. The sun symbol (a red circle, with four groups of rays pointing outwards) is sacred to the Zia, and consequently a popular motif on their art.

Millers Ziegler

A British/Swiss carpet-making firm, established c1885 in Sultanabad in north-west Persia. Responding to the needs of European clients, Ziegler created a new, distinctive style. Large-scale motifs in a vine...