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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - MASS OBSERVATION -

GI­RAN­DOLE Elab­o­rately carved and gilded wooden wall- can­de­labra fre­quently backed by a mir­ror and usu­ally used in pairs. Through the late 1700s, th­ese were the height of fash­ion in France and Eng­land. MAR­QUETRY The art of ap­ply­ing carved, multi- coloured pieces of ve­neer in dec­o­ra­tive pat­terns to a va­ri­ety of items. LOO-TA­BLE An oval or round pedestal ta­ble, dat­ing to the 18th and 19th cen­turies, that was orig­i­nally de­signed for play­ing a pop­u­lar card game known as ‘loo’ or ‘lanter­loo’. BALL AND CLAW A fur­ni­ture foot- de­sign re­sem­bling a bird’s claw grasp­ing a ball, pos­si­bly de­rived from the Chi­nese myth of a dragon (the Em­peror) grasp­ing a pearl or jewel (wis­dom). FRENCH POL­ISHER A crafts­man who, with an ab­sorbent, oiled rub­bing pad, fin­ishes fine fur­ni­ture by ap­ply­ing many thin coats of shel­lac. Al­though this lengthy process creates a richly coloured, high gloss and silky sur­face, it is quite frag­ile.

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