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Decorated style,name applied to the second period of English Gothic architecture from the late 13th to the mid-14th cent. The basic structural elements developed during the Early English style (late 12th and 13th cent.) were retained, but their decoration became more elaborate. Stone construction became lighter and more spacious, and vaulting became more complex. The Decorated style can be further divided into an early geometric phase and a later curvilinear phase. The Decorated style is exemplified in Bristol Cathedral. After c.1350, it was succeeded by the Perpendicular or Rectilinear style of English Gothic architecture.
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The second of three phases of English Gothic was characterized by rich decoration and geometric tracery and by the use of multiple ribs in the vaulting. The earliest development was geometric, while the later forms were curvilinear, with complicated rib vaulting and naturalistic carved foliage that displayed a refinement of stonecutting techniques.
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The second of the three phases of English Gothic architecture, from ca. 1280 to after 1350, preceded by Early English style and followed by the Perpendicular style; characterized by rich decoration and tracery, multiple ribs and liernes, and often ogee arches. Its early development is called Geometric; its later, Curvilinear.
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Decorated style, architecture
a 14th-century style of English architecture characterized by the ogee arch, geometrical tracery, and floral decoration
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