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A small protruding half-round moulding found on the edges of drawer fronts and doors. Also known as *censored*beading.

A Classical fleshy leaf decoration used on a wide variety of objects. Mostly a stylized version of the thistle-like leaf of the acanthus mollis plant, often used on furniture, especially brackets and legs.

Used for decorating glass; objects were coated with an acid-resistant substance, often wax. A design was scratched or carved in the wax, exposing the underlying glass, and the whole item dipped in acid, which fixes the design.

The style period from 1765-1790. The Adam brothers introduced the neoclassical style in furniture and architecture to England.

On drinking glasses and other glassware, a stem decorated with spiral filaments of hollow glass.

A tin-glazed drug jar with a narrow waist.

A photograph made by exposing a glass plate treated with light-sensitive wet collodion. The negative was made positive by backing with black paper or paint.

A stylised honeysuckle ornament, in the Classical style, with inwards curving petals.

A spoon with a plain stem and a cast figure of an apostle as its finial. Usually made of silver from c 1490-1650

In textiles, applying small patches of fabric to a base fabric to make a design.

A length of wood found beneath the bottom framing of a drawer, table top, chair seat etc. usually shaped and often decorated.

A series of arches, usually supported on columns.

In Classical architecture, which is reflected in classic furniture, it's the horizontal moulding above a series of capitals, which is the lowest part of an entablature . It can also be the lowest part of a frieze . Most commonly, it's the moulded frame surrounding a door, window, mirror or picture frame. They can sometimes be embellished with with projections of shoulders or ears at the corners

An important centre for Japanese porcelain production, and a term used to describe one distinctive type of Japanese porcelain made in the area.

A dining chair with arms (properly called an open armchair). Also, loosely, any chair with arms.

An engraved design showing a crest or coat of arms.

A late 19th century artistic movement led by William Morris which advocated a return to medieval standards of craftsmanship and simplicity of design.

A narrow moulding , semi-circular in profile, sometimes carved. It is used particularly for glazing bars and the closing edges of doors.

The male equivalent of a caryatid , used mainly in the C17th. Sometimes referred to as an Atlanta.

A term covering a wide variety of mechanical toys with moving parts, popular during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Literally, a joint stool with a back, the earliest form of side chair.

The name given to an iron or brass loop handle which is suspended from a pommel at either end. Usually found on drawers, the bail handle and the pommel together form what most people would call the handle.

A ball-shaped foot, mainly late C17th.

A carved decoration commonly found on cabriole legs from the early C18th, but used thereafter.

A turned and shaped column, which swells out in the lower half, that's often used in the stem of a table. When the swelling is in the upper half, it's known as an inverted baluster.