gadroon

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gadroon, godroon

An ornament composed chiefly of ovoid or more elongated bosses regularly repeated, side by side.
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The influence of French silversmiths is evident in the gadrooning and reeding of the different porcelain bodies which were often decorated in colour with the popular Japanese images of the day.
Here the forms of the late baroque are effortlessly transformed into the new style: 'the asymmetry, the use of shells and shell-like gadrooning, and the abandonment of any tectonic structure, are already Rococo'.