Late seventeenth and early eighteenth century furniture of European Continental makers used this style and its influence spread to England.
Bead – small half-round molding carved to resemble a string of beads or pearls Bentwood – wood softened by steam and shaped for chair parts Bergére – an armchair, originally with upholstered sides, but now a term used to describe a chair with cane woven sides and back, usually post-1800 in date.
Dating oil lamps
Ball & Claw – a design incorporating a ball clutched by a claw, much used as a foot on cabriole leg furniture from c. Ball foot – a turned round or spherical shaped foot used mainly in the 17th century.
See bun foot Baluster – turned vertical column straight, spiral, vase-shaped, etc.
Also spelled Buhl or Boull Bow Front – the front of the piece follows the curve of a circle rather than a straight line.
Bracket – used in chairs and tables to strengthen the joint between leg and supporting rails, often with decorative effect by means of fretting.
Birdcage Gallery – a construction used under the top of a tripod table to enable it to revolve as well as tip up.
Formed by two squares of wood with four turned columns between, pivoting about the center column.
Backstool – a stool of the oak age with a back and no arms which proceeded the side chair form.
Usually a chair will have the crest rail set on top of the stiles and a backstool will have it set in the middle.
Anthemion – Another decoration, this time like the flower of the honeysuckle.
Again used in Adam designs and also during the Regency period.
Acanthus – A leaf design used to ornament furniture in carving.