Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary.
Apron / Skirt / Frieze
Apron / skirt - settee or chair: plain or valanced element suspended from the rail of a chair seat
Apron / skirt - table, cabinet, or chest: strip or panel, (usually shaped, carved or ornamented) below a table top, connecting the legs
Apron / frieze / skirt - case furniture: perpendicular face below the lowest drawer. (Case furniture: designed to contain or store objects, e.g., chests, cabinets, desks, bookcases, drawer units)
Scalloped skirt: marked or cut into segments of a circle
Frieze: the flat band directly beneath the cornice.
Frieze drawer: The top drawer of a chest which extends forward over the main body of the chest. It is usually supported by columns or pilasters An Empire or Biedermeier early-19th-century design.
Pulvinar frieze: slightly bulging frieze. "Most William and Mary tallboys and highboys had a flat cornice top and with a slightly bulging frieze called a pulvinar frieze." - Treena Crochet, Designer's Guide to Furniture Styles," pub. 2204, p. 135
Examples from Buffalo:
- Illustration above: Sideboard - Saturn Club
- Queen Anne breakfast table - Amherst Humphrey House at Genesee Country Village, & Museum
- Chippendale slant top desk - Private collection, Buffalo, NY
- Reproduction Queen Anne tea table - Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc.
- Late Empire (Classical) lyre table: Ansley Wilcox Mansion / Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site
- Frieze drawer - Empire sideboard
- Queen Anne lowboy dressing table - Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
- Chippendale lowboy - Fairmount Park Woodford House, Philadelphia
- Triple-arch skirt, William and Mary highboy - Winterthur Museum
- Pulvinar frieze, William and Mary highboy - Winterthur Museum
- Federal card table - Fairmount Park Woodford House, Philadelphia
- Empire Pier table - Athenaeum, Philadelphia