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Two Danish turnip feet, ca. 1880

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Definition: a rounded, turned furniture foot style, a variation of a bun foot; bulb-shaped, with a slender neck, it usually is ringed on top, bulges outward, then tapers down into a round collar or base; dating from the 17th century, it is found on late Jacobean pieces, and flourished in William and Mary furniture; it regained popularity in mid-19th century Renaissance Revival styles, as well as in more humble "country" furniture

Also Known As: tulip foot, bun foot (variation)

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The well-proportioned turnip feet lent the William and Mary-era fourposter bed a sturdy yet decorative air.

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