17th Century Style Decorative Bird Ceiling
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In our project pages we have

  • mouldings and ornaments
  • exquisite patinas
  • a mouldmaking service
  • painted copies and originals
  • beautifully sculpted frames
  • and rather a lot more….
If you didn’t know….
In our project pages we have

  • mouldings and ornaments
  • exquisite patinas
  • a mouldmaking service
  • painted copies and originals
  • beautifully sculpted frames
  • and rather a lot more….

Project

To design and paint, in oil, an original decorative “bird ceiling” based on similar original 17th Century Dutch ceilings.
The ceiling was to be approximately 5 x 6 meters.

The Work –
  • the composition and then realisation of a 17th C style bird ceiling based closely on research and photographs of other original ceilings in Amsterdam
  • the beams of the ceiling  were also to be painted with floral motifs of the period and decorated in gold leaf, in a manner similar to beams of the period in Amsterdam
  • the whole was then to be treated with patinas to simulate ageing

The Ceiling Birds & Plants

Follow the stages of the development of the ceiling  from under-layers to a fully realised ceiling painting

The Decorative Floral Beams

See how we created decorative floral beams  in the style of the 17th Century closely based on original beams from the period
The Making Of The Bird Ceiling
The Making Of The Bird Ceiling

The Ceiling Birds & Plants

Follow the stages of the development of the ceiling  from under-layers to a fully realised ceiling painting

The Decorative Floral Beams

See how we created decorative floral beams  in the style of the 17th Century closely based on original beams from the period

Birds and Plants

Stages

This ceiling painting is an original design based on 17th Century Dutch decorative bird and floral ceilings. Many of the birds and plants represented in the ceiling were copied from similarly painted ceilings of the same period.

To give the impression of an aged ceiling, a variety of methods were employed before and after the pictorial layers.

  • firstly an under layer of oil paint was applied to simulate old paint on wood
  • the painting was than executed on top of this surface
  • after the painting was finished, the ceiling was lightly sanded
  • following this multiple oil patinas were applied to create various ageing effects
  • the final layer of ageing was the application of stone paste.

Decorative Floral Beam Patterns

The painted beams were an adaptation of decorative beams often found accompanying this style of painting.
The panels of the beams were painted in a naive faux wood technique. The underside of the beams consists of floral decorations with gold leaf ornaments.
Similar patinas were applied to the beams as those used on the ceiling.

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