stiff-leaf

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stiff-leaf.
1. Gothic late-C12 and C13 stylized three-lobed carved foliage, usually an enrichment of bosses and capitals (see capital illustration (1) ) evolved from crocketed capital designs, mostly English rather than Continental, and is characteristic of First Pointed work.

2. In Neo-Classical ornament, a vertical leaf-or feather-form repeated in series on e.g. friezes.

Bibliography

Lewis & Darley (1986);
J. Parker (1850);
Rickman (1848)