The Guild craftsmen who produced the two over mantels illustrated opposite, their similarity is again too obvious to be overlooked. I have chosen these two examples out of several in the same Devon area to point the statement already made in the last chapter about this same family or school practising over a period not less than 30 years. These examples are dated 1591 and 1621 respectively. The earlier of the two is perhaps the happier, with its absurd little squirrels and the not too complicated scrolled design, certainly the ornament of Tudor roses, directly over the fireplace, is infinitely more suitable than the `lace' design used in the Ham Barton one.
The latter has a very heavy background, more closely resembling ironwork, especially where the little `studs' appear at the corners of the centre square. (Ironwork and armour were both very common in design during the Jacobean interiors period). However, this Stuart interior design as a whole is perfectly balanced, the little faces on either side have the same flower-head quality that appear in the Early Tudor designs.