Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Rope molding
Also called cable molding, torsade (pron. tor SADE)

1. A twisted or spiral molding

2. Any ornamental twist

Used by the Normans

Found in Romanesque, Romanesque Revival and later derivatives of Classical Greek and Roman architecture, including Beaux Arts Classicism, Federal, Georgian Revival, Greek Revival, Neoclassicism, Renaissance Revival, Second Empire

Found on furniture, also.

Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Other examples:

Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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