Last edited 15 Jun 2021



The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (third edition) was published in 1980. It was created for Penguin Reference and compiled by John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner.

It defines lancunar as: ‘A panelled or coffered ceiling: also the sunken panels or coffering in such a ceiling’.

The spaces or openings in a coffered ceiling may be referred to as lancunaria.

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