architectural ornament


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Noun1.architectural ornament - (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearancearchitectural ornament - (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
antefix - carved ornament at the eaves of a tile roof concealing the joints between tiles
crocket - an architectural ornament of curved foliage used at the edge of a spire or gable
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
dogtooth - a carved pyramidal ornament; used in 13th century England
foliage, foliation - (architecture) leaf-like architectural ornament
Greek fret, Greek key, key pattern, fret - an ornamental pattern consisting of repeated vertical and horizontal lines (often in relief); "there was a simple fret at the top of the walls"
frieze - an architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice
guilloche - an architectural decoration formed by two intersecting wavy bands
trefoil - an architectural ornament in the form of three arcs arranged in a circle
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
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Not that all architectural ornament is to be neglected even in the rudest periods; but let our houses first be lined with beauty, where they come in contact with our lives, like the tenement of the shellfish, and not overlaid with it.
True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.
The clear and thematic organization contributes to a deeper understanding of the geometry expressed by Islamic architectural ornament as well as a sense of awe and wonder.
Restoration Hardware has a group of architectural ornament fragments cast in brass and mounted on museum stands, among them swag and tassel, cornice, and acanthus scroll patterns.
Visitors to the Fair can browse and buy unique items of the highest quality and provenance, including fountains, sundials, statues, bird baths, gates, garden benches, antique wicker, urns and planters, botanical prints, and architectural ornament.
Rathbone set out to emulate the architectural ornament of the 15th century Della Robbias, an Italian Renaissance sculpture family he so admired.
Using local labour and red clays found nearby, he set out to emulate the architectural ornament of the 15th century Della Robbia.
The legacy of ceramic architectural ornament permeated the DNA of Kim Dickey's impressive freestanding wall, Mille-Fleur (the title of which evoked the horror vacui patterns on the most sumptuous Ching vases) and also inspired the decorative porcelain units of Tsehai Johnson's To Dust She Returns, an installation/performance reflecting on the behaviourist implications of "ornamentation and context of a space".
The Pharos Arts Foundation (see letter below), on private initiative and with derisory financial help from the state, has done more to encourage love of music among the young -- organising educational concerts and master-classes -- and expose local audiences to high quality performers than the overpaid staff of the Culture Foundation who have been drawing fat salaries for years to promote the idea of the taxpayer wasting e1/4120 million on a building that will primarily function as little more than an architectural ornament.
The rich art treasures of India and Southeast Asia are unveiled in this impressive book through one single architectural ornament, the torana (arched portal or festoon).
In terms of approach, the papers range from traditional architectural studies based on close observation of architectural ornament (Wesenberg on the Ionic order, yon Hesberg on a monopteros dedicated to Hercules in Rome), to new interpretations arising from recent excavations, and, in a few cases, to broader theoretical concerns (Callebat on the nature of Vitruvius, De Maria on fora as places of celebration).
The conservation effort was carried out by Evergreene Painting Studios, a New York City-based firm that specializes in the restoration of architectural ornament and decorative finishes, such as painting, ornamental plasterwork, mosaics, and gilding.

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