Close-up of a traditional, intricate Georgian cornice moulding: decades of paint and wear and tear can

Close-up of a traditional, intricate Georgian cornice moulding: decades of paint and wear and tear can take their toll. The Italians, who love getting creative with plasterwork, first used ceiling cornice in the 16th century as a decorative way to cover up the joint between the ceiling and walls. The Georgians favoured simpler lines and cleaner relief but later the Victorians loved a bit of swag and introduced all kinds of elaborate patterns from egg and darts, bead and reel, rambling roses, grapevines, fruits and ivy leave. The Georgians toned things down, favouring simpler lines and cleaner relief, while early 20th-century designers favoured defined forms with chevron and zigzag patterns. Common to nearly all period cornicing, however, is decades of paint build-up, and wear and tear from knocks and subsidence. Restoration is best left to the experts and while it is possible to peel back the layers of old paint to reveal original plaster relief, using sugar soap and a wire brush, it’s so labour intensive, sometimes taking hours to complete a few inches, most find it’s not worth the effort. Cornice Moulding Foam Suppliers for Sale “It’s much more efficient to call in a speciali...

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