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Furniture Style Glossary: Chair Leg


Chair Leg

Cabriole
Curved leg in the shape of an animal’s leg. The cabriole leg increased the stability of seating pieces and reduced the need for underbracing.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale

Carved
Decorative carving on chair leg.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Duncan Phyfe

Curule
X-shaped curved legs.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

Decorated Cabriole
Cabriole leg with decorative carving, usually on the knee..

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Queen Anne
  • Colonial
  • Georgian
  • Chippendale

Elaborate Turning
Turned leg with multiple types of turnings.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Victorian

Reeded
Rounded decorative grooves or molding.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire

Restrained Cabriole
Cabriole leg with a rather straight shape.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • American Empire
  • Victorian

Round
Round, usually shaped or turned leg.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Victorian
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Simple Turning
Turned leg with a few simple types of turning.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Robert Adam
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker

Splayed
Leg with a concave shape.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Square
Flat-surfaced leg on all sides.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Early American
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • Shaker
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Straight
Straight leg, vertical to chair seat.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Jacobean
  • Early American
  • William and Mary
  • Colonial
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Chippendale
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Tapered
Straight leg gradually decreasing in width.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Pennsylvania Dutch
  • Robert Adam
  • Hepplewhite
  • Federal
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe
  • American Empire
  • Shaker
  • Arts and Craft
  • Art Nouveau
  • Scandinavian Contemporary

Tapered Turning
Turned leg with a slender, tapered appearance.

Associated with the following furniture styles:
  • Robert Adam
  • Sheraton
  • Duncan Phyfe

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