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A Regency saber-legged piano stool, ca. 1810

--Morphy Auctions

Definition: a type of splayed furniture leg, which flares out in a concave shape, like a saber or curved sword; can be round or squared, and often gradually tapering; usually found on a chair, stool or sofa; dating from Antiquity - examples have been found on Greek klismos chairs - it underwent a revival among late 18th-century designers such as Sheraton, and flourished in Regency and Empire furniture

Also Known As: sabre leg, splayed leg

Example:

The side chairs' graceful saber legs caused the antique dealer to classify them as prime examples of early French Empire furniture.

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