Definitions terms of antiques or collectables, some are quite common and some not so common.
Definitions are from various sources.
Ornamentation used on silver and furniture formed by fluting or reeding or both, often in a spiral design.
Open fretwork or small balustrade forming a railing around the top of furniture
An early type of drop-leaf table in which the legs, connected by stretchers, from a swinging gate to support the leaves.
In glassmaking, a globular mass of molten glass affixed to a blow-pipe, ready to be blown.
A term broadly used to refer to the style developed during the reigns of Georges I-IV
An alloy of copper, nickel, and zinc. Developed in England in mid 19th century.
Plaster of Paris applied to the surface of a piece to provide a smooth base for painting or gilding.
A wall mirror having candle branches as part of its structure
originally an architectural style characterized by the pointed arch, rib vault, and flying buttress; flourished from the eleventh to the 15th centuries, revived in the 18th century in furniture
enameling in which a metal surface is first engraved, then coated with translucent enamel that allows the pattern beneath to be seen.
Early simple carving formed by repeating chisel cuts.
A tall case clock
A term for a miniature tall case clock
An engraver's too; a burin
A for of decorative painting in shades of gray.
An ornamental motif consisting of series of loosely interlacing, circular forms.
An early chest with a hinged top and usually with one or two drawers, made in and around Hadley, Massachusetts, and decorated with overall, abstract floral carving and often with the owner's initials.
A foot of a chair or any other seating form resembling the hairy paw of an animal.
The marks stamped on the English gold and silver to indicate its maker, date, origin, and quality. There is thousands of various trademarks.
A triangular drop-leaf table with a triangular single leaf. When opened, it makes a square; closed it fits into a corner.
An English furniture style characterized by graceful curves and light woods, named for George Hepplewhite, its creator.
Decorative inlay composed of veneer cut obliquely and fitted together in a herringbone pattern
A modern term for a high chest of drawers comprised of two sections: an upper case, with drawers of varied depth and length, set upon a lower case, also with drawers, supported by legs.
sculptured or cared work that stands out sharply from its background
vessels such as silver and silver-plate bowls, vases, and pitchers
A chair seat curved in a horseshoe or bell shaped, often used in Queen Anne chairs.
A type of Japanese porcelain exported from the port of Imari in the 17th and early 18th centuries.
The earliest printed materials of any art or area. Primarily books before the year 1500.
Decoration formed by contrasting materials set into the surface of a piece.
Designs depressed below the surface, opposite of relief.
In the Japanese way or manner.
The process of simulating Oriental lacquer by the use of varnish or paint with decoration in low relief, usually in Chinoiserie designs.
Carved ornamentation resembling cut gems
A small, backless seat with turned legs strengthened by stretchers.