We get very excited when we see any original decorative ceiling rose restored after having years of white wash and emulsion painted on them.
Whilst investigating some neighbouring property’s of a house in Notting Hill that we were assigned to restore plaster mouldings in, we were delighted to speak to the caretaker of one home that had recently had the ceiling rose in the entrance hallway restored.
The property where we found the decorative ceiling rose was in a typical Victorian detached home in the stunning white stucco style that is so recognisable in the Notting Hill area of North London. The owner decided to bring the entrance hallway back to its former glory and instead of taking the less sympathetic route of removing the original decorative ceiling rose and installing a new one, he commissioned his contractor to clean up the original. This involved delicately removing layers of paint that had been added over the years.
The ornate Victorian ceiling rose pictured, is typical of the Victorian era that the property was built in which was, according to our investigation, developed in 1857. The plaster rose was a wonderful example, nice and deep and embellished with acanthus leaves and other floral details that were very fashionable at the time. It also had an egg and dart pattern around the edge that completed the overall look.
The hallway also had other original plaster mouldings that were as equally impressive including typical corbels that stand proud like two guards in the corners of the high ceilings, these were also very typical of the Victorian era, especially in the London town house and terraced houses.
Not all mouldings in this place were original but the look was still fantastic. When supplying decorative ceiling roses and other mouldings we always try to establish the age of the property we are working on so we can provide sympathetic products to the era. These particular houses were built around 1857 and we noticed that the friezes shown in this picture (the panels below the cornicing) were distinctly more of an Adams revival style that was revived during the Paris exposition of 1867 and on further investigation we found out from the caretaker that these friezes were not restored like the original ceiling roses but added on recently. In my opinion these would have been more elaborate with acanthus or french water leaf details, similar to the ceiling rose.
We would love to hear your stories about uncovering and restoring original decorative plaster ceiling roses or any other kind of plaster mould, and perhaps how you have blended original with new.