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ANTIQUE FURNITURE TERMINOLOGY
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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

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.


Acanthus

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.

Apron

An apron is situated below the seat rail of a chair, settee, cabinets and tables, it can be shaped like on this wonderful card table.
 

Alabaster

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 and cabochons.



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