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  • n. Plural form of volute.


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  • To illustrate: The Ionic has, as one feature, two scroll-like ornaments, called volutes, and it has more moldings and is much more slender than the Doric.

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  • I also would just stand there, staring at those stone coils -- called volutes, I believe -- of the Ionic capitols. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at

  • The Corinthian order is also very feminine in nature, characterised primarily by its ornate capitals, which sport two rows of sculpted acanthus leaves with small volutes spiral scrolls in the corners.

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  • Features include a "double-height arcade faced with marble, elaborate terra cotta ornamentation on the third story," and "a deep, copper mansard roof with richly ornamented dormers with broken pediments, volutes and cartouches of terra cotta," and an "exuberant Renaissance Revival style [that] complements the dramatic atmosphere of the theater district," according to the Community Board.

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  • But it has been a long trip from monkeys swinging in golden volutes on the walls of the Salon des Singes in 18th-century Paris to the curves that challenge convention today.

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  • The volutes, and those other curliques, and whatnot.....

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  • Are there any volutes and acanthus leave carvings?

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  • The majestic port-cochere, complete with Corinthian Doric? columns, pediment, volutes etc...

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  • In addition to the alternating peaked and rounded pediments above the windows, and the volutes rolling out of the eaves beneath the canopy of slate rooftop, a new front door, made of a solid block of maple ringed in steel, and surveillance cameras revealed the present day.

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  • From the vital ovoids ran a pattern of sparkling threads, irised and brilliant as floss of molten jewels; converging with interfacings of spirals, of volutes and of triangles into the nucleus.

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