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Formstück

English translation: elegant piece

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12:28 Jul 4, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting
German term or phrase: Formstück
...in thecontext of antiques, referring to a particular piece of Meissen. "Das bedeutende Formstück ist aufwendig staffiert mit kräftigem Gelbfond..." (sounds repulsive! :-)
Heather Starastin
Canada
Local time: 08:23
English translation:elegant piece
Explanation:
I don't think you can use mould here,
particularly seeing your context. You should parse it to read "Stück mit (besonderer) Form". Your sentence could read something like: This elegant piece is elaborately decorated with...
You know your context better so maybe you can specify the kind of piece it is if they are referring to something in particular.
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Anya Malhotra
Local time: 17:53
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5 hrs
"Mould" or "Mold" (US spelling)


Explanation:
I have encountered this term a zillion times in a text on the plastics industry. Your context is not much to go by, but I would say "mould".

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9 hrs
elegant piece


Explanation:
I don't think you can use mould here,
particularly seeing your context. You should parse it to read "Stück mit (besonderer) Form". Your sentence could read something like: This elegant piece is elaborately decorated with...
You know your context better so maybe you can specify the kind of piece it is if they are referring to something in particular.

Anya Malhotra
Local time: 17:53
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20 hrs
see below


Explanation:
I do agree with Anya that "mould" might not be a wise choice here. What gives me pause is the use of the adjective "bedeutend" -- it seems to indicate that this is what gives the piece its shape. Without any further context (and I assume you don't have a picture?), it's difficult to guess what this might refer to. Would "the significant, shaping piece" work? Or merely "the significant part" ? Just a couple more suggestions...

Ulrike Lieder
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Native speaker of: German
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