Posted on | October 22, 2009 | 3 Comments
Occasionally we get the opportunity to see an (old) original installation of wallpapers in a historic home and even more infrequently we get to see an original ceiling in place as well. This home, which is currently on the market in Weedsport New York, has both, and with some very interesting details!
This ceiling, for instance, along with the interlaced fill patterning is framed with a “glittered” starburst border and some imaginative “switchbacks” and panelizing.
This other intricate ceiling features even more decoupaged panels and switchbacks, but I thought the most curious part of it was the “stretched” center panel with what appears to be actual chains and screws to heighten the whole 3D illusion. Unfortunately some of this ceiling looks to have had some detail painted out, or at least it was just inpainted with a stark off-white. Its also been trimmed out with small half round moldings that look gilded.
This particular detail (with the scary constable) shows the entry wall’s original tripartite wall divisions, with frieze, fill and dado, (including a dado rail). Note too, the elaborate arrangement of gilded moldings and patterning just below the frieze paper.
And just for a little context, a shot of the exterior of this largely intact 1877 Italianate residence.
If you happen to be planning a move to the Empire state, and interested in more information on this particular property, here is the link to see and learn more:
Thanks to Bruce Bradbury for the link.