What is the meaning of the furniture term Modillion?

A modillion is a type of decorative element commonly used in classical architecture and furniture design. It is a projecting bracket or corbel with a rectangular or curved shape, typically found beneath the cornice of a structure. Modillions are often seen in the form of scroll-like brackets or volutes, creating a repetitive pattern along the underside of a cornice or shelf. They serve both an aesthetic and functional purpose, adding visual interest and providing support for the weight above. Projecting brackets, enriched with carving, at regular intervals under the cornice in the Roman Corinthian, Ionic, and Composite orders.
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