Glossary beginning with T

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.


A chest on a chest.


Originally, a tray-top table with a central stem on a tri-pod support. It has come to mean a large tea caddy on a similar support.

Transfer printing

A process that was developed in the 1750s to decorate pottery and porcelain. A design is etched onto a copper plate, which is heavily inked, transferred onto a sheet of paper and applied to the piece.

Trembleuse Stands

A device designed to hold a cup on raised feet. Usually in silver.

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