Glossary beginning with O

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.

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Octant

A device allowing you to measure an angular distance in the form of an eighth of a circle. Most octants were made in London after their invention in 1731.

Ormolu

Bronze gilded with a thin layer of gold. Used mainly for mounts on furniture, works of art and clocks.

Orrefors

A leading Swedish glass company renowned for its engraved designs.