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scrollwork

[skrohl-wurk] /ˈskroʊlˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
decorative work in which scroll forms figure prominently.
2.
ornamental work cut out with a scroll saw.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40; scroll + work
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Examples from the web for scrollwork
  • The wagon builders employed woodcarvers to decorate the exteriors with figures and scrollwork.
  • No scrollwork, lettering, or signature can appear on the design itself.
  • The pedimented gable of the portico feature embossed scrollwork and is underscored with brackets.
  • The frieze is also dark in the photo, while the scrollwork balustrade of the verandah is a light color.
  • It too has terra cotta coping, and decorative terra cotta scrollwork at its sides.
  • She said the geometric banding and galvanized iron scrollwork are important features of the building.
  • Decorative, wooden scrollwork ornaments each of the four gables.
British Dictionary definitions for scrollwork

scrollwork

/ˈskrəʊlˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
ornamental work in scroll-like patterns, esp when done with a scroll saw
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Word Origin and History for scrollwork
n.

1822, from scroll (n.) + work (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for scrollwork

in architecture and furniture design, use of curved elements suggesting such shapes as a sea wave, a vine, or a scroll of paper partly unrolled. In Classical architecture the main example is the volutes or spiral scrolls of an Ionic capital, which also appear less prominently in the Corinthian and Composite orders. On friezes a common device is the Vitruvian, or running dog, or wave, scroll

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