Glossary beginning with G

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.

Gallé, Émile

Gallé's work in glass became synonymous with the Art Nouveau period due to the progressively sculptural forms it took. He is renowned for his carefully inlaid 'marquetry' furniture.


This is the term used to describe a collection of ornaments or figures.

Gate leg table

A drop leaf table with leaves supported on gateleg mechanism which swings out underneath the surface.