cottage orne

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cottage orné

A small, picturesque house in a rural or country setting, primarily in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some cottages were so classified because straight tree trunks were used as columns and selected parts of tree branches were used as brackets; others were placed in this category merely because their ornamentation was said to create a picturesque effect.
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