Glossary beginning with U

Peppered with unusual terms and descriptive phrases, the language of the antiques world is colourful to say the least. With our handy glossary, you'll soon be able to distinguish your maiolica from majolica and your chinoiserie from cloisonne.

Underglaze printing

When designs are printed onto ceramic bodies before firing.


This describes small jars or flasks which would hold aromatic oils.

Usk Ware

Referring to japanned tin wares which were produced in the town of Usk. From the second half of the 18th century.

Utility Furniture

A range of furniture commissioned by the British government in 1942, to refurnish bombed houses and help younger families set up home.

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