Illustrated Architecture Dictionary ..... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary
PAT er a
Plural: paterae (pron. PAT er ee)
A bas-relief decorative oval or circular ornament, resembling a shallow dish
Origin: A saucerlike vessel or dish of earthenware or metal used by the ancient Romans for drinking and libations at sacrifices
Latin: "patere = to lie open
Similar to a rosette which is not as shallow in depth as a patera
Found in Classical Roman architecture and almost all later western styles of architecture
An ornamented feature, either circular or oval, which could be wood, ivory, metal, etc. It was normally carved, incised, inlaid or even painted.
Examples from Buffalo:
- Illustration above: Campanile Apartments
- Fred Eberhardt House
- Niagara Share Building
- First Free Baptist Church
- Buffalo Savings Bank
- Frederick G. Goellner Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Cemetery - (Facade photo)
- Erlanger Theater
- Dickinson Jewelry Store
- Williams-Butler House
- 2184 Seneca St.
- 483 Delaware Ave., The Midway
- 197 Bidwell Pkwy.
- Fireplace frieze - Risman House
- Furniture: Desk - Ansley Wilcox Mansion / Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
- Furniture: Chair - Horace Reed House
- Furniture: Server - Edward Harvey House. 91 Jewett Parkway
- Furniture: Reproduction Hepplewhite sideboard - Kittinger Furniture Co.