Definition of bolection in English:



  • [usually as modifier] A decorative moulding above or around a panel or other architectural feature:

    [as modifier] ‘bolection moulding’
    • ‘Such chests were made in and near Concord, in eastern Massachusetts, and their distinguishing characteristics include fluted pilasters surmounted by bolection moldings, or ‘swelled friezes.’’
    • ‘The bolection profile imitates the opposing curves of a Baroque architectural façade, whilst helping to project the painting against a correspondingly opulent interior.’
    • ‘The eight portraits were set into the panelling and were framed within matching, painted bolection mouldings.’
    • ‘Bolection moulds are used to frame inset panels or to create mock panels by planting them on flat surfaces.’
    • ‘If they wrap around the end of the rail or stile, they are bolection mouldings.’


Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.