There are many different names of a certain furniture item (or a certain part of that piece of furniture) that you will run across. There will be times that it will literally make your head spin on what the word could mean.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that furniture definitely has its own vocabulary. This is especially true when you are dealing with items from overseas. There are many places in Europe that have made furniture, so you will run across words that are from another language.
You never know what you may run across, and here are some of the words that you may scratch your head over:
Pietre Dure—this is decorative work that uses inlaid, semi-precious stones to depict scenes. These scenes are geometric patterns, floral motifs, farm scenes, and many more. More often than not, you will see this on a table top.
Lit de repos—this is a day-bed.
Gueridon—this is a small, round table. It was made to support a candlestick or even a candelabrum. It could almost get away as being called a side table.
Gesso—this is made from a composition material, it’s often made with chalk and parchment. It’s made in a size that is commonly applied to furniture, picture frames and even mirrors. This is a base upon which gilding (or even silvering) was applied to.
Coquille—this is a seashell or scallop shape. The shape will often be seen on the top of a table or chair leg.
This is just a small sample of the vocabulary words that you might hear. What have you heard?