rose-window

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rose-window. Gothic circular or marigold window subdivided by complex tracery radiating from the centre and joining in foils to form a stylized floral design of great intricacy and beauty. It is often found combined with the tracery of a large Pointed window as well as isolated within a circular aperture. It is distinguished as a Catherine-wheel or Wheelwindow, both of which have colonnettes coincident with the radii, like spokes.

Bibliography

J. Parker (1850);
Sturgis et al. (1901–2)