Cabriole Leg - Furniture leg shaped in a double curve, the upper part swelling out, the curve swinging in toward the foot, which again flares out.
Cabriole Legs were popular in English, Dutch and Flemish styles of furniture making in the late 17th Century. The leg style is most prominent in the Queen Anne and Chippendale periods of furniture construction. The style relies on the double curve of the leg to accentuate the vertical lines of support.
The origin of the design is debated. Encyclopedia Britannica says that the shape possibly originated in Greece, after the shape of the leg of a four-legged creature. Others believe that the style was brought back by the Dutch while they traded with China.