American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A concave molding with a cross section that approximates a quarter circle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, a hollow member, or round concave molding, containing at least the quadrant of a circle, used in cornices, between the tori of bases, etc.
- n. In decorative art, a hollow or recessed pattern: the reverse of relief and rilievo.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A concave molding; -- used chiefly in classical architecture. See
- n. a concave molding shaped like a quarter circle in cross section
- Italian cavetto, from cavo ("hollow"), Latin cavus. (Wiktionary)
- Italian, diminutive of cavo, hollow, from Latin cavus; see keuə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This incised brass tray was described by its owner as a Benares tray, but it is thought the scalloped cavetto concave moulding and figural decoration mean it is more likely the work of the Jaipur school of art in Rajasthan, India, dating from 1890-1900.”
“The structure, designed by John B. Jervis, had blank walls, huge central and corner pylons, and a blank cavetto cornice, a concave bracket that lines the edge of many ancient Egyptian temples and facades.”
“In the spaces between the shafts of the middle arch, but not of the others, are crockets for the whole height, and the innermost cavetto is entirely filled with dog-tooth ornament.”
“The ornamentation on the bosses of the roof, and in the cavetto below the windows, and round the great arches from the choir aisles, is very varied.”
“In the crown cavetto of the cornice is an Egyptian winged globe, entwined with serpents, emblematical of time and eternity; and on the faci below is engraved the following line: --”
“Then there were two things which he noticed before any other -- the bow of that vast Norman arch which spanned the opening into the south transept, with its lofty and over-delicate roll and cavetto mouldings; and behind it the head of the”
“One of the most distinctive mouldings is the _cavetto_, a wide shallow hollow in the centre of a group of mouldings.”
“Gateways like those of the temples on a smaller scale, the cavetto cornice on the walls, and here and there a porch with carved columns of wood or stone, were the only details pretending to elegance.”
“The ancient Persian use of columns was almost entirely abandoned, but doors and windows were still treated with the banded frames and cavetto-cornices of Persepolis and Susa.”
“A terraced pyramid supported an altar or shrine to the southwest of the palace; at the west corner was a temple, the substructure of which was crowned by a cavetto cornice showing plainly the influence of Egyptian models.”
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