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This guide has been compiled to assist clients in identifying various cornices and their members, however do bear in mind that there are many variations and contradictions to the general rule. Overall, mouldings start from the Tudor period and continue until the Art Deco of the 1930's.

Georgian mouldings vary considerably because of the long Georgian Monarchy. Much influence from numerous sources affected styles. The main guide to Georgian Cornices is that they were either equal in distance on the wall and ceiling, or that they had a deep wall Frieze with little projection onto the ceiling. Enrichments on cornices were many. Urns, swags, honeysuckle, dentils, egg and dart and modillions (or blocks) are some examples.

The Regency period saw a marked change from wall to ceiling mouldings. Reeded mouldings became very popular. Enrichments became more stylized.

Victorian cornices carried on the change with most of the cornice on the ceiling line. They became very ornate and heavy with flowers, fruit and vines. Ceiling centre-pieces were at their height in this period.

Edwardian mouldings stayed with the Victorian theme but reduced themselves in size and grandeur. Plain member mouldings became more fashionable.

A Basic Guide to Cornices

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