Bespoke decorative plasterwork created for a late C19th B Listed House in the Borders, Scotland
A bespoke frieze and how it came to be created;
August saw 2 of our craftsmen packing up the van and their bags, to spend a week working in a late C18th House in Hawick, Scotland, to fit decorative plasterwork to a huge Billiard Room. We met this particular customer at Edinburgh Listed Property Show last October and visited the property in March to discuss his ideas. We produced a design that was approved by the customer and by late July, we were ready to set to with manufacturing and fitting the huge bespoke straight run cornice and frieze, both designed exclusively for this Billiard Room.
The room was devoid of any of its original period features apart from a very Grecian looking frieze that was clumsily painted and didn't seem to fit with either the style or period of the house and the customer wanted to reinstate decorative plaster mouldings, suited to the period of the house and the purpose of this room. We showed him a bespoke ceiling design we created for Aldourie Castle in Inverness, that featured a Stag & Hound motif in a Jacobean strapwork ceiling, and thus the idea for this unique frieze was born.
We decided to use part of the original frieze for posterity's sake and work into it a design with a new stag & hound motif, plus a thistle - an important Scottish symbol. Our craftsman Ben, did a wonderful job of interpreting the brief, and kept the design true to it's time period with the addition of swirls and acanthus leaves.
Ben also developed a huge straight run cornice, a strong requirement for this room as it had a very high ceiling and needed a deep drop and a bold design that you would well see from floor height. The room is now ready to be decorated by others, and we look forward to being able to post photos of this room once completed.