Volute capital The volute capital an architectural detail, and is part of the Ionic order in classical Greek architecture. The volute capital is characterized by the two curls on the sides. The left picture is of a jewelry box in my house, and the other is of Carroll Hall in Chapel Hill, NC.
This is a pediment on a building at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The pediment is a classical Greek architectural element. Pediment
Fret/key border The fret or key border is a classical Greek motif. The top picture is from a small tray at my grandparents house, that they bought on a trip to Greece. The vase is from an antiques shop in Winston- Salem, NC, called Kinnaman’s Antiques.
Arabesque The arabesque design motif originated in classical Rome and was modified for centuries to come by many others. This arabesque design was found on a cabinet door of an armoire in Kinnaman’s Antiques.
The saltire stretcher was prominent furniture detail in the Baroque period. It is used for structure and support but also gives an element of design. This is a modern representation of a saltire stretcher on a sofa table in my house. Saltire stretcher
Turnings This is the leg to a table at Kinnaman’s Antiques. The style of the leg is Baroque. This is called a “barley sugar twist”. This type of turning was used in English Baroque furniture.
Fleur de lis The fleur de lis motif is typical in French design. It originated during the time of the Renaissance, and has been a symbol for France. This was on a lamp base in my house.
Dental molding Dental molding is used in many different styles, but originates at the time of Renaissance style. This is dental molding on the doorway to my grandparents house, and inside of their living room.
The broken pediment is a furniture form and an architectural detail of the Renaissance period. Here it is used above the door to my grandparents house. Broken pediment
This is the top of a table from Kinnaman’s Antiques. The table has a top made of inlayed wood, which is layers of different types of wood, that together make a design. Inlays were popular in French Renaissance design. inlay
The festoon design motif originates in the Italian Renaissance period. It is also sometimes referred to as a swag. This festoon is on the front of Johnson Hall at Meredith College. Festoon
The cartouche design motif is of the Italian Renaissance style. This cartouche is also on the front of Johnson Hall at Meredith College. Cartouches often have a coat of arms in the center. This one has the letter M in the center, for Meredith College. Cartouche