Glossary

Damask

A linen, cotton, rayon, or silk fabric with a reversible jacquard weave and a lustrous surface.

Davenport desk

These small writing desks most often feature a sloping top, brass galleries, a set of drawers on one side and false drawer fronts on the other. It is believed that the famous furniture making firm, Gillows of London, first created the desk around 1790 for a Captain Davenport

de Lamerie, Paul

Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751) - The most celebrated silversmith in history who was primarily responsible for England's emergence as the world's leader in important silver production. His work, characterized by technical superiority and ingenious design, was commissioned by English nobility and Russian aristocrats.

Delft

Earthenware made in The Netherlands, known for its heavy glaze. A blue underglaze decoration on conventional patterns with town and landscape scenes on a white background.

Diorama

A life-size exhibit of a wildlife speciman or scene with realistic natural surroundings and a painted background.

Directoire

A period of design in France after the Revolution, from 1795 to 1804. Characterized by Roman motifs and named for the Directory, the government at the time.

Dovetail

A term in carpentry used to designate a method of joinery. A tenon or tongue that flares outward in the shape of a dove's tail that interlocks with alternating similar grooves or projections from another piece of wood. Frequently used to join corners of drawers and cabinets.

Dowel

Headless pin of metal or wood which fits into a corresponding hole on another piece, forming a joint fastening them together.

Drop-front

A top or front of a desk hinged at the bottom that drops to a horizontal position, forming a surface for writing. Also called a drop-lid.

Drop-leaf

A leaf, hinged to the side of a table, which drops at the side when not in use.

Drum table

A round table with a deep apron resembling a drum.

Dumbwaiter table

A serving table, consisting of three or four circular trays on a central shaft with the smallest being at the top and the largest at the bottom. Also known as a tier table.