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Gadrooning: A term derived from the French word 'godron', which means
'ruffle', it's a carved decorative edge moulding, often found on the handles
and rims of C18th silver, which is composed of a series of raised convex
curves. In furniture, the term applies to an ornamental carved edge of
tapered, curving and alternating concave and convex sections, usually diverging
obliquely either side of a central point. This decoration is also found set
square to the edge, in which case, on furniture, it's called Nulling.
Garland: See Festoon.
Gateleg table:A type of drop leaf table which gets its name from the "gates" (a frame of legs and stretchers) which support the leaves when open. [picture]
Gesso: A mixture made of Plaster of Paris (whiting) and glue size applied to
wood so as to provide a decorative surface which can be painted, gilded or
lacquered. The surface can either be smooth or carved/moulded in low-relief.
It's often used on picture frames.
Gothic: Principally a term applied to Gothic architecture, this is a style of
furniture design which similarly shows a lot of curved and pointed arches,
resplendent with embellishments.
Gouging: A term applied to both the technique, and the decoration of a surface
with repeated small carved-out semi-circular depressions. This decoration is
often found on oak furniture.
Greek key: Sometimes referred to as a Grecian Key, this is a carved Classical
geometric decoration resembling a maze, and repeated in bands. It's composed
of interlocking straight and right-angled lines.
Guinea pockets: See dishing.
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