Definition of gadroon in US English:



  • A decorative edging on metal or wood, typically formed by inverted flutings.

    • ‘By the 1670's, most English silver was being heavily embossed and chased with flowers and foliage, fluting and gadroons, grotesques closely following the Continental pattern books.’
    • ‘Large, round tray features an ornate edge pattern including design elements such as swags and gadroons.’
    • ‘Wire was applied until the mid-1820's, the technique having run concurrently with applied decorative borders - first the bead, then the gadroon and finally, the foliate and shell motifs - since the 1790's.’
    • ‘The body is of a modified inverted bell shape, embossed on the lower part with a band of gadroons and shellwork.’
    • ‘The top surface has a unique crackling and it has a beautiful edge decorated with carved gadroons.’
    • ‘This section is followed by a smooth surface engraved with four rows of superposed arches crowned with gadroons sculpted in low relief.’
    • ‘Below a wavy line border, is a basal wreath of S-shaped gadroons, similar to Hermet 1934, Pl.16, 20.’
    • ‘In FIG.9, both gadroons are diametrically brought closer to each other against two opposite concavities of the raised element.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the gadroon is filled up with a welt, and the welt covers the stitching in the gadroon.’
    • ‘No; it was left in the Searcher's office; it receives the Hall mark at Sheffield; all manufactured plate is marked; shells and gadroons are common - I do not swear to the plate.’
    • ‘The gadroons run down the 45 mm case and the dial.’
    • ‘The pillar has a traditional column with rings on the top and it is beautifully decorated with gadroons, leaves and beads on its top and bottom, and it has an elegant square base and top surface.’
    • ‘Notice how alternating floral blossoms on bifurcated stems are superimposed on the flutes between each of the gadroons.’
    • ‘Lower part of cup has applied vertical leaf shaped strips of trellis work alternating with gadroons and these are repeated on the cover.’
    • ‘The body is moulded with two series of gadroons on either side of a horizontal rib; the foot is moulded with small gadroons radiating from a central flower head with the mark in its centre.’
    • ‘This rustic top loading stove is supported on three splayed feet and decorated with gadroons around the base, leaf design around the fancy top plate which has a central sunflower design.’


Late 17th century: from French godron, probably related to goder ‘to pucker’, also to godet.