Illustrated Architecture Dictionary
......................... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary

Bellflower

Classical floral motif of 3 or 5 narrow pointed petals in bell shape, carved or inlaid

A popular 18th Century carved motif used as a furniture and interior enrichment.

The decoration is based on conventional bell-shaped flowers or catkins, used in continuous chain or swag or in graduated size as a pendant. It is similar to the "husk" design.

Seen in American Hepplewhite and Sheraton, notably Maryland furniture.


Examples from Buffalo:

Other examples:


Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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