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.