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Acorn: Turned ornament resembling an acorn
, used as finials
on chair posts, bedposts, as pendants
, and as profile of leg turnings.
Acroterium: Ornaments applied to the top corners of bookcases
, secretaries. Originally an ornament of Greek temples.
Air Bed: A mattress
filled with air, covered with cushioning and ticking.
Alpine: The Alps were the meeting place of northern and souther furniture styles
Amaranth: Also called violetwood and purpleheart, amaranth is a purplish wood used for veneering
Amboyna: Amboyna is an East Indian wood, used as veneer
. The burls
and curled, and light reddish brown.
Ambry: A large cupboard
with doors. The interiors are fitted with shelves
for storage. A recess for the storage of goods.
Ambulante: Small portable table, used for serving tea.
Amorini: Painted or carved cupids in decoration. Sometimes only the head is used.
Angel Bed: Bedstead with a canopy, with no pillars in front, and drawned back curtains. The counterpane goes over the foot, the canopy
over only a part of the bed.
Anthemion: Greek honeysuckle pattern. Conventionalized to radiating cluster.
Antimacassar: Cloth used to protect chairbacks from soiling by hair.
Antiquing: Antiquing is the process of finish
on furniture, or treating wood to make it look old.
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