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Jacobean
Early American
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Hepplewhite
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Duncan Phyfe
American Empire
Shaker
Victorian
Arts and Craft
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Furniture Style Glossary: Motif


Motif

Acanthus Leaf
Conventionalized leaf.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe Adaptation
  • American Empire

Acorns
Oak nut. Turned form often used as finials on chair and bed posts, and as leg turnings.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean

Arrows
Line with pointed tip.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Duncan Phyfe

Carved Head
Carved ront view of a human head.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean

Circle
A spherical shape

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

Conch Shell
Spiral shaped shell.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal

Cornucopia
Horn with fruit or flowers.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • American Empire

Diamond
A figure with four equal side and two obtuse angles.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American

Drapery
Loosely folded cloth

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

Eagle
Bird of prey, which is the national emblem of the US

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Georgian
  • Federal
  • American Empire

Floral
Flowers.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Sheraton
  • Art Nouveau

Foliage
Leaves or vines.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Sheraton
  • Victorian
  • Art Nouveau

Geometric
Figures made up of squares, circles, and triangles.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean

Honeysuckle
Plant with small colorful flowers.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton

Lattice
Interlaced openwork resembling crossed strips.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Sheraton

Lion Head
Front view of a lion’s head.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Georgian

Lyre
Small harp-like musical instrument.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

Mask
Carved face of a human being, animal, or a mythical creature.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Georgian

Medallion
Oval or circular figure resembling a medal.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam

None
No motif.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Shaker
  • Arts and Craft
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Oriental Patterns
Oriental figures, usually painted or lacquered.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale

Palmetto
Fan palm.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Hepplewhite

Pine Tree
Evergreen tree.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American

Pineapple
Oval shaped tropical fruit.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Federal
  • American Empire

Plume
Feather-like figure.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

Ram Head
Profile of a ram's head.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam

Ribbon
Ribbon-like strips.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Hepplewhite

Rose
Rose or similar flower.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American

Scroll
Form that resembles a roll of parchment paper.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • Sheraton
  • American Empire
  • Victorian

Seaweed
Very delicate marquetry representing a marine plant.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial

Shell
Fan shaped shell.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale
  • Federal
  • Sheraton

Star
Figure having five or six symmetrically projecting points.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • American Empire

Sunflower
Daisy-like flower.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Pennsylvania Dutch

Tulip
Cup-shaped flower.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Art Nouveau

Urn
Vase-shaped figure.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Chippendale
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Sheraton
  • American Empire

Wheat Ear or Husk
Cereal grass.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite

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