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French caper (from its resemblance to the foreleg of a capering animal) cabriolet
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From French a goat's leap
Cabochon A carved ornament used on furniture of the mid-18th century, especially on the knees of cabriole chair legs.
The traditional cabriole leg, which curves outward like an animal leg, is a distinctive aspect of these furniture pieces.
Queen Anne-style pieces are also known for their ball-and-claw footed cabriole legs, violin chair backs, and decorative turned finials.
The signature of this style is the cabriole leg, which ends in one of six different feet--the lion's paw, the ball and claw, the late Chippendale, the Marlborough, and the club and the spade.
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