Classical ornament. The refined elements of design that depend on exact proportion and scale, gifts to us from the ancients. The adornment of Greek and Roman temples as part of a well developed system of classical “orders” has made a profound effect on the Western European artistic tradition. During the Italian Renaissance, the classical treasury of ornament reappeared with the inclusion of decorative borders in architecture. Dentils, egg and dart motif, beaded moldings and acanthus leaves were rediscovered and reapplied to buildings, then to furniture, picture frames, silver and every other form of art. Scale and proportion are essential in the correct use of classical ornament in order for it to enhance the forms that it adorns. The following photographs were taken during a visit to a long established woodworking studio in Paris specializing in 18th century paneling, both its preservation and reproduction.
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