One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually as modifier A decorative molding that separates two planes (or surfaces), especially around a wooden panel, usually convex.
- ‘If they wrap around the end of the rail or stile, they are bolection mouldings.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Bolection moulds are used to frame inset panels or to create mock panels by planting them on flat surfaces.’
Mid 17th century: of unknown origin.
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