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Machine-blown Glass
Glass shaped by mechanically forcing air into molten glass so that it takes the shape of a mold.
Majolica
Italian and Spanish pottery coated with a tin and/or lead-based enamel and painted with bright colors. Originally an Islamic Mideastern technique.
Marquetry
A pattern produced by inserting contrasting materials in a veneered surface, flush to that surface. Differently colored and grained woods are most common, but thin layers of tortoiseshell, ivory, mother-of-pearl, and metals are also used.
Medallion
A circular or oval frame having within it an ornamental motif.
Mission Style
This American style from the early 1900s takes its name from the Catholic missions in California, borrowing simple designs in basic materials. Furniture was made mainly from oak and metalwork of copper and iron, all marked by plain decoration and durability. Designs were often rectangular and combined the materials and methods of the Arts and Crafts movement. Designers include Gustav Stickley and the craftspeople of the Roycroft community in East Aurora, New York.
Mold Marks
Seam lines that remain on the body of a blown-glass item after it is removed from a mold.
Mold-blown Glass
Glass that is blown into, and takes its exterior form of, the interior contours of a mold. The interior contours of mold-blown glass are not directly impressed by the mold.
Mount
A broad term for any of a variety of applied ornaments (e.g. rosette, ribbon and bow, urn and swag, foliage) that are usually of cast metal but also of other materials such as pottery or glass. On the exterior of the lens of an inverted dome chandelier, mounts are used for both decorative effect as well as functional support to connect the lens to the stems or chains.
Multi-arm Chandelier
A ceiling mounted lighting fixture consisting of a central body with projecting arms.
Mythological & Fantasy
A style of decoration incorporating elements such as dragons, griffins, and sphinxes.