History of Wall Panelling in Interior Design Periods


Early Georgian Interiors c. 1714 - 1760

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COLYTON, DEVON

COLYTON, DEVON

 

This same cottage at Bewdley boasts a lovely oak staircase built in the tradition of the late 17th or early 18th century. It is again a perfect example of simplicity and proportion, and though small it carries all the dignity of the period.

 

The first one is carved in wood and painted and was probably inspired from one of the designs in Gibbs’ published works. The other, which is in stone, bears a fleeting resemblance to the Tudor stone fireplaces, but its shape and ornament is quite obviously inspired by the classic revival. Its charming simplicity is a tribute to the 18th century stonemason who carved it,-probably a local country workman, for the fireplace is in an upstairs room in a small house in the village of Colyton in Devon, possibly at one time the main bedroom.

 

A particularly interesting feature of the decorative works of the late 17th and early 18th century is that of the persistence of the shell motif. The scallop shell appears again and again, making a central figure in practically every design whether it is carried out in wood, stone, stucco, embroidery or any other material.
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