What is the meaning of the furniture term Broken Arch?

A pediment, the side lines or scrolls of which do not meet or come to a point. Broken arch typically refers to a decorative element found in architectural furniture pieces, such as cabinets or bookcases. It is characterized by a curved or arched top with a central break or interruption in the arch. This break can take different forms, including a carved design, a decorative element, or an open space. The broken arch adds visual interest and complexity to the furniture, enhancing its aesthetic appeal.
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