Crocket

A crocket (or croquet) is a hook-shaped decorative element common in Gothic architecture.[1] The name derives from the diminutive of the French croc, meaning "hook", due to the resemblance of crockets to a bishop's crosier.[2]

Crocketed spire of the Notre-Dame Church in Vitré, France

DescriptionEdit

A crocket is in the form of a stylized carving of curled leaves, buds or flowers which are used at regular intervals to decorate the sloping edges of spires, finials, pinnacles, and wimpergs.[3]

As ornamentsEdit

When used to decorate the capital of columns, these are called crocket capitals. This element is also used as an ornament on furniture and metalwork in the Gothic style.[4]

ExamplesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Crocket | architecture". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ "Definition of CROCKET". www.merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  3. ^ "Crocket | architecture". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  4. ^ "Capital | architecture". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 2018-09-08.

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