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A look at Windsor Castle: Plaster Mouldings

You only have to utter the words “Windsor Castle” to conjure up images of royalty, but what is it that makes the famous wedding venue of Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Wedding so alluring to fans around the world?

St George's Chapel at Windsor where the Royal Wedding 2018 took place

St. George’s Chapel, Windsor where the Royal Wedding took place.

Windsor Castle has a rich history and has been home to some of the most famous rulers, including Charles II and George IV. Each made their own impression on the residence, but the modern incarnation is an amalgamation of past influences. Charles II made an impression on the famous royal residence by instructing Antonio Verrio to paint the ceilings with artwork, which included a depiction of his wife, Catherine of Braganza.

More focus was put on ornamental plastering during the reign of George IV, who employed the aid of Sir Jeffry Wyatville, an English architect and garden designer. Even though the ornamental plastering covered the initial ceiling paintings, it did give the residence a modern feel, while still retaining its royal characteristic. This isn’t to say that artwork has become less prevalent in Windsor Castle. The Queen’s dressing room alone is filled with an abundance of paintings matched with detailed and eye-catching ornamental plaster.

The Semi-State Rooms at Windsor

The Semi-State Rooms at Windsor Castle.

Although many would assume that the beautiful and detailed plasterwork on show is the work of past architects and designers, the State Apartments had to be refurbished due to a fire at the residence in 1992. The fire started after a faulty spotlight ignited a curtain and lasted for 15 hours before the 225 firemen extinguished it. When it was time for the restorations, it was decided to keep the design of the rooms close to the original 14th-century appearance, but with a modern interpretation. This showcases how versatile and professional plaster restoration can be, and how it can be used to create a similar effect in other properties.

The Use of Period Plasterwork

It’s safe to say that many aren’t looking to recreate Windsor Castle when it comes to the use of period plasterwork, but its use is becoming more and more alluring to those looking for a way to brighten up drab ceilings and environments. As we mentioned in our previous post about Victorian plasterwork, ceiling roses were once a centrepiece of Victorian homes, while being non-intrusive to any surrounding centrepieces. However, the use of period plasterwork isn’t limited to the Victorian era; many others have enjoyed the retro décor plasterwork can offer inspired by designs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Renovate Current Décor

There will be times when some are fortunate enough to become owners of a house that has stood its ground throughout the years, but this doesn’t mean it can’t show its age from time to time. Cracks and loose plaster can lead many to assume that they will have to start from scratch in relation to a renovation. In some instances, this could well be the case. But it’s important not to underestimate what plaster restoration is able to offer. In many instances, your aged and drab ceiling roses will bloom and bring the property back to life.

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