Glossary beginning with N

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.

Nailsea Glass

An 18th century factory near Bristol, which was famed for its colourful, novelty glass that often featured twists, stripes and swirls.


A black, engraved design on metalwork, especially silver.

Nippon Wares

Following the passing of the McKinley Tarrif Act, all Japanese wares imported into the USA had to be marked with the word 'Nippon' (Japanese word for Japan). These imports became known as Nippon wares.