ball and claw foot

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20:26 Aug 4, 2009
English to Czech translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Furniture / Household Appliances
Additional field(s): Architecture, Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting
English term or phrase: ball and claw foot
Definition from Traditional Enterprises, LLC:
A carved foot motif that resembling a ball or egg held in an eagle, crane, dragon or lion's claw. Most associated with 18th-century American and English furniture, the ball and claw foot's origins were in China as the dragon claw clutching a pearl, crystal ball or jewel.

Example sentence(s):
  • Ball and claw feet are the most familiar kind of traditional style bath foot. The foot consists of a claw or talon in relief grasping a ball which rests on the floor. Ball and claw feet vary greatly in the amount of detail and may be more or less ornate.
  • This is a very rare small foot stool. It is 10 1/2 in diameter and 5 tall. This is the way I purchased it, but I am sure at one time it probably had a rounded dome top cushion. The excellent cast ball and claw feet are in great condition. Scripps Networks, Inc.
  • Alastair A. Stair takes you on a journey across cultures in this history of the ball-and-claw foot and its regional variations, in terms of how the muscles are carved, how the claw is angled or curved, and the overall tension shown in the piece. The Tauton Press
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5 +1noha ve tvaru spáru držícího kouli
Sarka Rubkova


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noha ve tvaru spáru držícího kouli

Definition from own experience or research:
Vyřezávaná nebo odlitá noha nábytku nebo jiného předmětu např. vany ve tvaru dravčího, dračí či lvího spáru držícího kouli nebo předmět vejčitého tvaru. Vyskytuje se převážně u předmětů z 18. století.

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  • Křtitelnice cínová, renaissanční, 0-775 m vys. (víko 0-48 m vys.). Zvonovitý, šestiboký kotel stojí na třech ptačích spárech, držících koule a ukončených maskami; podél hran tepané bordury, rozviliny a hlavy andílci. - Soupis památek  

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Sarka Rubkova
Czech Republic
Local time: 04:42
Native speaker of: Native in CzechCzech
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