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1 Vertical support, or cantoned pier (pilier cantonné), consisting of a cluster of columns or shafts joined together, inosculated, or engaged with a central pier.

2 Annulated, clustered, or compound pier with colonnettes or shafts attached to it and each other by means of bands of a shaft, as distinct (according to some sources) from a bundle pier. Other sources claim the shafts can be attached or detached, or appear as demi- or engaged shafts against a pier or core: however, the problem arises from the fact that on the Continent the minor shafts were almost always engaged with the central mass, but in English First Pointed examples they were detached, and often of dark Purbeck marble, tied together at intervals by bands of a shaft.

Subjects: Architecture.

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