Glossary beginning with Y

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.

Yixing Wares

Red stonewares exported from the Jiangsu Province. Commonly small teapots and cups would be exported. This style was mimicked by Delft in the 1670s.


An English sculptor. His style reflects a more conservative and restrained style associated with British artists.

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