ANTIQUE FURNITURE TERMINOLOGY
FROM A TO Z
Below is an illustrated,
alphabetical list of terms often used to describe parts of antique
furniture. This will be very helpful if you’re interested in
antiques and want to learn and understand the styles and
construction of various types of furniture. Although some of the
terms may be confusing, it’s helpful to familiarize yourself with
them before buying antique furniture.
Amboyna is a type of wood from south east Asia usually a
reddish-brown in colour with a curled and mottled grain and was used
for veneers in furniture.
An acanthus is a leafy carved ornament in the top of the columns of
the Corinthian. They are found in mahogany furniture from the
Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods.
An apron is situated below the seat rail of a chair, settee,
cabinets and tables, it can be shaped like on this wonderful card
Alabaster is usually translucent and white or grey in color, form of
the mineral gypsum which can be polished to a smooth and waxy
finish. Often used in sculpture, decorative stone panelling, beads
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