Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Tables - CONSTRUCTION
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Tables - STYLES

Table of Contents:

Tops

Apron / Skirt
A shaped piece which is fixed between the leg of a settee or chair, or below the frieze rail of a table, cabinet, or chest; usually it is decorated with carving, or is pierced or shaped

Also called the frieze (see below)

Arched skirt

Scalloped skirt

Butterfly leaf support
A butterfly-winglike bracket to support a raised table leaf.

See also: Butterfly table

Escutcheon

Frieze
The underframing of a table between the top surface and the legs

Also called the apron or skirt (see "apron" above)

Gallery

Serpentine

 

Skirt

See "
Apron" above

Base / Legs
Baluster base

Birdcage support

Square support made of two planks (top and bottom of the "cage") joined by columns ("birds").

The double-block construction makes it possible for a tilt-top table to rotate and tilt. When the table top is down, the latch, set between the cleats on the under side of the top, holds the top down until it is released by opening the latch.

Used especially by Philadelphia furniture makers.

Cabriole (KAB ree ole) leg

Cup and cover (melon bulb) leg

Marlborough leg

Pedestal

A supporting base or block for a statue, vase, table, etc.

  Spiral leg

Stretchers

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Stretcher
  Box stretcher

H stretcher

X-stretcher

FEET

Ball foot

Block foot

Bracket foot

Claw-and-ball foot

Club foot

Lion's paw foot

Pad foot

Paw foot


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