Broken Arch Pediment - (Architecture Furniture)

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Broken Arch Pediment - (Architecture, Furniture) A Broken Arch Pediment is a pediment broken by means of omitting the apex, The lines of the arch break-off just before they meet at the apex, leaving a gap. A Broken Arch Pediment has a central place for a finial or a plate can be displayed there, and sometimes the space is just let empty. This was a favored device with cabinet-makers in the eighteenth century. Originally, they appeared in Roman Architecture but they were revived in Baroque Furniture and they became common in the early 18th Century. See Pediment for the many different types.

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