Meaning of cabriole leg in English:

cabriole leg


  • A kind of curved leg characteristic of Chippendale and Queen Anne furniture.

    ‘One cabriole leg is rooted in the ground (originally crowns were made of tree limbs and were attributes of the gods) and the other is a cloven hoof.’
    • ‘Minimal hand-carving blended the narrow taper of the leg into the foot turning and created the semblance of a carved cabriole leg at low cost.’
    • ‘Never again could designers turn a slim-ankled cabriole leg without indulging in a ‘period’ style.’
    • ‘They will have a rare early 18th century wing chair on cabriole legs terminating in faceted feet circa 1740.’
    • ‘The base of the chest-on-chest is constructed like a dressing table with short cabriole legs and a carved shaped apron.’
    • ‘A set of thirteen mahogany chairs and a sofa, upholstered in crimson cut velvet, with carved cabriole legs, paw feet and distinctive fretted seat rails, is in the style of the London cabinetmaker.’
    • ‘It has cabriole legs that end in round feet marked into three panels.’
    • ‘Her Barcelona coffee table - clear glass on cool metal - stands inches from the living room's Chippendale bench, an 18 th-century classic with ball-and-claw feet, thick cabriole legs, and dark wood.’
    • ‘The cabriole legs with claw-and-ball feet, shaped splats, and yoke-shape crests echo English designs, but the exuberance of the curvaceous outlines is definitely Mexican.’
    • ‘But while coffers of this type are generally supported on stands with straight tapering legs, the Blenheim stands have handsome cabriole legs at both front and back, mounted at the top with acanthus volutes topped by female heads.’
    • ‘The composition and drawer arrangement as well as the lines, the tall, graceful cabriole legs and the accentuated verticality of the scrolled arches suggest an early example in the Chippendale style.’
    • ‘Shapely cabriole legs replaced straight ones on chairs, clocks, and case pieces - armoires, bookcases, and writing desks that were designed as storage.’
    • ‘The simple rectangular front legs of the earlier type, originally a continuation of the arm support, have been supplanted here by cabriole legs adorned with carved masks.’
    • ‘It has cabriole legs headed with a gilt brass-winged lion mask and paw sabots.’
    • ‘Many Salem cabriole legs have a noticeable indentation where they make a transition from the profile created by the sharp knee to the round lower part of the leg.’
    • ‘The quality of the carving on the cabriole legs appears to have been obscured beneath layers of paint, but the frame suggests that it was manufactured in the late 19th century.’
    • ‘It has trifid feet on cabriole legs without shells on the knees.’
    • ‘The five-foot-long tables have cabriole legs with claw-and-ball feet.’
    • ‘Plate IV shows one of two known colonial North Carolina bottle cases, both with cabriole legs.’
    • ‘The exaggerated cabriole legs are thrust too far outward and are too slender given the size of the cabinet.’


Late 18th century so named from the resemblance to the front leg of a leaping animal (see cabriole).