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egg and dart

noun, Architecture
a design for enriching an ovolo or echinus, consisting of a closely set, alternating series of oval and pointed forms.
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The entrance lobby retains its original pink marble facing with a bronze egg and dart anthemion cornice.
  • The cornice which runs across the entire elevation, has dentil and egg and dart ornamentation.
  • The plain architrave trim on the sides of the entrance is capped by consoles supporting a cornice with egg and dart molding.
  • The flooring is oak and the walls are plaster with molded chair rail, and crown molding with egg and dart motif.
  • The dig room has oak wainscoting with an egg and dart motif and ornate mantel.
British Dictionary definitions for egg and dart

egg and dart

noun (in architecture and cabinetwork)
  1. an ornamental moulding in which a half egg shape alternates with a dart, tongue, or anchor shape
  2. (as modifier): egg-and-dart moulding
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Encyclopedia Article for egg and dart

in architecture, design shape used in moldings. It consists of a series of bas-relief ovals alternating with pointed, narrow, dartlike carvings.

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