Glossary beginning with H

Peppered with unusual terms and descriptive phrases, the language of the antiques world is colourful to say the least. With our handy glossary, you'll soon be able to distinguish your maiolica from majolica and your chinoiserie from cloisonne.

Hagenauer, Carl

Initially produced metal lamps, mirrors, vases and tableware but became more famous for his figures. They link clean, unbroken lines with interesting materials e.g. wood, brass, copper and steel, making them perfect for a minimal interior.


The set of marks put on silver and gold items to denote standard of purity, date, town where marked, and maker.


A term used to describe a set of chairs that are all alike but do not match.


A furniture style associated with the designer Thomas Hepplewhite (d.1786).

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