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.
Term used to describe Venetian-style glass made in other parts of Europe, notably England, Holland and Germany during the late 16th and 17th centuries.
Small, brightly painted figure groups in porcelain, mass-produced in Germany for the British market in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Literally ‘pink family’. Chinese porcelain made for export to Europe and decorated in a palette where predominant colour is pink. Terms also exist for mainly green (famille verte), yellow (famille jaune) and black (famille noir) wares.
Pottery figure groups. Mainly 19th century Staffordshire with flat, undecorated backs, made to stand against a wall.
In metalwork terms, this means cutlery.
Primitive glass made using the ashes of burnt wood and ferns to provide the alkaline content. Produced in European glass houses in medieval times and later.
The framework immediately below the a table top.