Glossary beginning with Q

Peppered with unusual terms and descriptive phrases, the language of the antiques world is colourful to say the least. With our handy glossary, you'll soon be able to distinguish your maiolica from majolica and your chinoiserie from cloisonne.


Two handled, shallow drinking bowl. Popular in Scotland in 17th and 18th centuries.

Quarter Veneering

A commonly used technique on the surface of early Georgian Walnut chests. From one piece of timber, four sheets of veneer are cut and then placed side by side, diagonally and in pairs to create a pattern.

Queen's China

A registered name which relates to bone chine produced in the Queen's pottery in Longton.

Queen's ware

A type of cream-coloured earthenware developed by Josiah Wedgwood and first known as ‘creamware’ but renamed after Queen Charlotte placed a large order.

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