Arch .........................Illustrated Architecture Dictionary ............................. Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary
Ogee arch also known as Venetian arch and cyma reversa
Ogee / Venetian arch / cyma reversa: A molding formed by two curves, the upper concave and the lower convex, so forming an S-shaped curve.
Cyma reversa/Lesbian cyma: A molding of double curvature which is convex at the outer edge and concave at the inner edge.
Ogee arch: An arch consisting of two opposed ogee curves meeting in a point at the top. Introduced c. 1300, it was popular throughout the late Middle Ages and in England especially in the early fourteenth century. Now associated with Venetian Gothic style
Cyma recta/Doric cyma: A molding of double curvature which is concave at the outer edge and convex at the inner edge. NOT an ogee.
Ogee molding: A molding made up of a convex and concave curve (S). Also called an ogive or keel molding.
An ogee is part of the crown molding that is frequently used at the top of a piece of case furniture
Ogee bracket foot
Ogee clock: rectangular, with ogee-profile molding that frames a central glass door that protects the clock face and the pendulum. The door usually carries a painted scene in the area beneath the face.
Examples from Buffalo:
- Left illustration above: Hotel Touraine (Ogee arch)
- Miller Mansion (Ogee arch)
- Mount St. Joseph School (Ogee arch)
- Unitarian Universalist Church (Ogee arch)
- 800 West Ferry (Ogee arch)
- St. Joseph's RC Cathedral (Ogee arch)
- Right illustration above: - Furniture: Queen Anne highboy crown molding with cyma recta and concave curves - Dana Tillou Fine Art
- Furniture: Chippendale slant top desk - Private collection, Buffalo, NY
- Furniture: Federal corner cupboard - Private collection, Buffalo, Examples
- Furniture: Corner cupboard ogee cornice - American Antique Furniture, Orchard Park, NY
Dr. Ernest Wende House (Cyma recta/Doric cyma - NOT an ogee)