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An ogee is an S shape or double curve with a concave and convex curve joined. It is used in architecture to describe the motif on certain building features, but it might also be used to describe a facial feature of curvature in a cheek bone, similar to sculpted cheek bone or chiselled chin.
An ogee curve can be found on the underside of console brackets or consoles, these are decorative Greek stone supports for shelving, or plinths. The ogee curve also appears as an edging profile on worktops - granite or marble might have an ogee profile as the edge finish. The Ogee is also a common profile used in skirting boards as well as other interior mouldings
The use of the ogee shape in architecture has a close relationship to the gothic revival period as well as appearing in fabrics around the 12 Century. Ogee arches are probably one of the more recognisable uses of the ogee curve and can been seen in many gothic windows. The arch curves inward as normal until around half the height and then the curve mirrors to create a point or pinnacle at the top as a finish.
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