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Waxpan
A shallow dish originally used for catching wax drips, located either directly on top of the candle cup or directly below the candle cup. See also "Bobeche".
Wedgwood
English pottery with a hard texture that was first produced by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), who used ancient Greek and Roman art, particularly cameos, as inspiration. Color combinations characteristic of Wedgwood pottery are white figures on a light blue, sage green, or black ground.
Wheel Cut Engraving
A process of decorating the surface of glass by the grinding action of a wheel where an abrasive in a grease or slurry is applied to a wheel as the engraver holds the object against the underside of the rotating wheel. See also "Copper Wheel Engraving".
William and Mary
Period of English decorative arts from 1688 to 1702. A Baroque period style with ornamentation such as the cabriole leg and cup and bun turnings.
Wrought Iron
A very pure form of iron with very little carbon in the alloy. Tough and ductile, it is ideal for hot working and limited cold working such as bending, swaging, and drawing.