Online Encyclopedia

COFFER (Fr. coffee, O. Fr. cofre or c...

Online Encyclopedia
Originally appearing in Volume V06, Page 649 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
Spread the word: del.icio.us del.icio.us it!
COFFER (Fr. coffee, O. Fr. cofre or cofne, Lat. cophinus, cf. " coffin "), in architecture, a sunk panel in a ceiling or vault; also a casket or chest in which jewels or precious goods were kept, and, if of large dimensions, clothes. The marriage coffers in Italy were of exceptional richness in their carving and gilding and were sometimes painted by great artists.
End of Article: COFFER (Fr. coffee, O. Fr. cofre or cofne, Lat. cophinus, cf. " coffin ")
[back]
COFFEE (Fr: cafe, Ger. Kaffee)
[next]
COFFERDAM

Additional information and Comments

There are no comments yet for this article.
» Add information or comments to this article.
Please link directly to this article:
Highlight the code below, right click and select "copy." Paste it into a website, email, or other HTML document.