Peppered with unusual terms and descriptive phrases, the language of the antiques world is colourful to say the least. With our handy glossary, you'll soon be able to distinguish your maiolica from majolica and your chinoiserie from cloisonne.
Porous pottery made from clay, lightly fired but still pervious to liquids. Glazing makes it waterproof.
A large bowl used for serving soup, with a domed cover and commonly, its own stand.
The process of silvering base metal by using electrolysis. Invented in 1840.
Beating or pushing out silver or other metals from the reverse side to form patterns.
The mark usually found on Electroplated Britannia metal.
An elaborate centerpiece involving a central bowl surrounded by smaller dishes, allowing it to act as a space-saving device.
The mark found on electroplated metal objects.
A cabinet with a pull-down front forms a writing surface. The forerunner of the bureau.
Decorative metal or ceramic plates surrounding keyholes on furniture. Also a shield shape on a coat of arms.
The term used to describe a narrow necked jug, with distinguishing features such as a wide spout and swollen body.