Antiques Glossary - Y
Author: Jim Coyleyao
Chinese word for 'ware'.
A sword which has a blade with a double curve and large
curled grips on the hilt. It was popular in the Balkans
and in the Near East during the 19thC.
Although a softwood, the timber of this native British
species is very dense and strong. The wood is
golden-brown in tone, close-grained and polishes to a
fine finish; and as the trunks tend to twist, the wood
is often beautifully figured. Yew has been a popular
medium for the framework of country-made furniture since
the 16thC, and from the 17th for turned drawer knobs and
spindles; in the following century the sticks, bows and
legs of the best quality windsor chairs were of yew.
Yew, particularly the whorled and knotted burr wood, has
also been used as a veneer, and was favoured by 20thC
artist-craftsmen such as Ernest gimson and Sir Gordon
With ding ware, one of the earliest Chinese porcelain
wares, dating from the song dynasty (960-1279). Yingqing
(misty-blue) refers to the translucent blue glaze,
formerly known as qingbai. The wares - mainly bowls -
survive today having been dug up from burial grounds,
but have also been reproduced in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Chinese potteries specialising in red stoneware.
Products, particularly teapots, were exported to Europe
in the 17thC, and inspired similar ware produced at
Meissen, and by the elers brothers in England from the
See acorn flagon.
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