Illustrated Architecture Dictionary ........................... Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary
An ornamental knob or projection at the intersection of ribs, groins, beams, etc., in a vault or ceiling,, and often carved with foliage, flowers, or heads of angels
In Classical Greek and Roman construction, when stone components were rough-cut offsite at quarries, they were usually left with bosses (small knobs) protruding on at least one side. This allowed for easy transport of the pieces to the site; once there, the bosses also facilitated raising and/or inserting them into place. Examples: Pont Du Gard Aqueduct near Nimes, France ..... Temple at Segesta, Sicily
A small oval or semicircular applied ornament found in 17th and 18th-century English and American designs.
Often applied at a 45 degree angle.
Not to be confused with furniture gadroons or pendants
Examples from Buffalo:
- Left illustration above: St. Joseph's RC Cathedral
- Corpus Christi RC Church
- Wicks House
- Robert B. Adam House
- St. John the Baptist RC Church
- Holy Angels RC Church
- Right illustration above Furniture: Dining room table - Seymour H. Knox House / Blessed Sacrament RC Church Parish Office