Definition of garniture in English:



  • A set of decorative accessories, in particular vases.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This set may have been an English soft-paste porcelain garniture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


Late 15th century: from French, from garnir to garnish.