Illustrated Architecture Dictionary.......................... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary
Cartouche / Cartouch
An oval shaped ornamental design element usually containing an inscription or date. Label or information surrounded by a border. Often decorative.
An oval which was drawn to contain the hieroglyphs that spelt out a king's or queen's name.
In Egyptian hieroglyphs, a cartouche is an oblong enclosure with a horizontal line at one end, indicating that the text enclosed is a royal name
Sign representing an oval loop of rope with the ends bound together, within which the birth and coronation names of the king are inscribed. Found on obelisks, temples and other monuments. The loops signified the king's universal dominion and magically protected the royal name on monuments.
Found in derivatives of Classical Greek and Roman architecture, including Beaux Arts Classicism, Classical Revival, Federal, Georgian Revival, Greek Revival, Neoclassicism, Renaissance Revival, Second Empire, Second Empire
The 17th Century Baroque period featured the use of cartouches
Examples from Buffalo architecture:
- Right illustration above: Lafayette High School
- Forest Lawn Main Street Entrance Gate
- John W. Bush House, 6 Lincoln Pkwy
- 506 Delaware Avenue
- Williams-Pratt House
- Stephen M. Clement House/Red Cross Building
- 1035 Delaware Ave.
- Otto Building
- 674 Main Street
- Spaulding Building
- Statler Hotel
- Buffalo Athletic Club
- Genesee Building