One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A set of decorative accessories, in particular vases.‘the mantlepiece garniture was a dominant focal point’
decoration, adornment, trim, trimming, ornament, ornamentation, embellishment, enhancement, beautification, finishing touchView synonyms
- ‘For example, the five-piece Chinese garniture of about 1700 illustrated in Plate XI is almost identical to Japanese Imari wares and was clearly made to take advantage of a market niche established by the Japanese.’
- ‘Such vessels often formed the centerpiece of a garniture of bulb holders, along a mantelpiece, for instance, where they might be seen as a floral border at eye level.’
- ‘This set may have been an English soft-paste porcelain garniture.’
- ‘A gilded New England chimney glass of about 1835 provides a handsome backdrop for the Paris porcelain garniture, about 1820 to 1825, on the mantel.’
- ‘In fact the king's mistress owned two garnitures with chinoiserie decoration painted by Dodin that my predecessor at the Louvre was able to reunite for the exhibition Un defi au gout held at the Louvre in 1997.’
Late 15th century: from French, from garnir ‘to garnish’.
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