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“G” words continued.
Gimmel: Twin glass flask (the two bottles blown individually and fused together) with two spouts which usually face opposite directions.
Giobu: Japanese lacquering technique which gives a mottled effect.
Girandole: (1) French term for wall-light or elaborate candlestick.
Glaze: A glass like substance, usually containing lead, applies as a thin skin to the surface of most pottery and porcelain.
Godet: Obsolete term for a drinking cup or jug. Dang, I feel we should bring this word back.
Going-cart: A ‘baby cage’ on wheels for teaching a child to walk; made from the Middle Ages and quite common in England by the seventeenth century where they were popular till the end of the eighteenth century. What do we call these now?
Gombron Ware: European term for pottery and porcelain from Persia and China in which the walls of bowls and the like were pierced and filled in with a translucent glaze.
WOOT WOOT, I found the G and H words. I apologize for the detour. We will resume to L’s once we have finished the G and H words.
Gadrooning: Convex curves in a series used as a ornament carved on the edge of furniture.
Gallipot: Small jar, usually with handle, used by apothecaries.
Garnish: Strictly, a complete set of pewter comprising a dozen platters, a dozen bowls and a dozen small plates; but the term is also used to indicate a set of plates and dishes generally. (Here I thought it was the sprig of parsley on my plate.)
Gate-leg: Term applied to an oval (sometimes round) table with drop leaves and extra legs on hinges at either side which swing out to support the raised leaves, usually in oak.
Gather: The blob of molten glass that the glass blower’s gathers on the end of his blowpipe. (Once again I thought this is what you did with fabric and family. Who knew?)
Gesso: A preparation of chalk worked into a paste with parchment size, used as priming before coloring or gilding furniture. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries the gesso coat on mirrors and side tables received low relief carving before gilding.
Gilding: The extreme malleability of gold permits a thin skin of it to be fixed to a plaster ground.
Last of the K Words
Knibbs: A family of English clock-makers. The earliest of whom records exist was Samuel Knibb of Claydon, Oxon, who worked in London from 1663-1670. His cousin, Joseph Knibb, also of Claydon, was a one of the greatest English clock-makers.
Knop: Archaic for knob, a disc, bulge or swelling, the usage being mainly confined to such decoration on glass stems.
Ko Ware: Stoneware of theSung dynasty comprising a dark body and variously shaded grey glaze with a fine meshed crackle, similar to Kuan Ware.
Krater (Greek): Vase-shaped vessel with two handles.
Ku (Chinese): Ancient, slender, bronze wine vessel greatly esteemed for it’s proportions.
Kuei (Chinese): Ancient bronze bowl, deep, low, often with convex sides and usually with two handles.
Kyoto (Japanese): Ceramics making center in Yamashiro Province. Potter made until the eighteenth century, later both pottery and porcelain were produced.
K Words continue
Kick: The cone, as found in most modern wind bottles, drawn up inside many old glass vessels.
Kidderminster Rugs: Kidderminster was probably the first rug-making center in England, a factory being founded as early as 1735; by 1750 the first loom for making Brussels carpets was set up and the industry grew to become very prosperous.
Kidney Table: Table with top shaped like a kidney; late eighteenth century.
Kingwood: Brazilian wood of rich violet-brown shading into black and showing distinct streaky markings, not unlike Rosewood, also known as Prince Wood.
Kriman Rugs: Persian, Closely woven, Senna knot, short wool pile; colors are soft-white, pink, grey-and floral also bird patterns are typical.
Knee: The broad upper part of a cabriole leg.
Knee-Hole Table: Writing tables and dressing table with recessed centers to accommodate the knees of the sitter, date from the early eighteenth century.
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Kabistan Rugs: Caucasian, of fine weave, making use of the Ghiordiz knot; the wool pile is soft and silky. Designs are usually geometrical, cones, stars the basic colors being blue and red supported by green, brown and ivory.
Kaklemon: A style of decoration that derives from Japanese porcelain-vigorous designs of animals and flowers in bright colors with the asymmetry particular to Japanese art. The name comes from a Japanese family of potters who worked at Arita Kandler.
Kaolin: China clay. (See Porcelain.)
Karaja Rugs: Persian, of very fine weave, Senna knot, thick, short wool pile. Curved medallions are the usual main design, the floral borders being in red, brown and dark blue with supporting colors.
Kazak Rugs: Caucasian, of coarse weave, Ghiordiz knot coarse weave pile. Characteristic are the brilliant colors red, green and yellow, supported by blue. The border may have from three to four strips.