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.