18th Century Style Decorative Mirror and Ornaments Ensemble

For this project, the client desired ornamentation for an entire room. It was broken into five main projects:

  • the adaptation of an 18th Century Decorative Mirror  

  • the fabrication of an extension to the 18th Century Decorative Mirror

  • the fabrication of six 18th Century Decorative Chimney Ornaments

  • the fabrication of eight 18th Century Decorative Frame ornaments

  • the adaptation of one 18th Century Decorative Door Ornament.

18th Century Decorative Mirror
This mirror was adapted after an original 18th Century Decorative Mirror. The original mirror frame only consisted of the main lower mirror and a portion of the top main chimney ornament. It had a curved base and was missing decorative elements.

Williams and Willson created a moulded copy of the original frame. They made moulds with silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. The copy was cast in plaster.

Using the elements of the cast copy, they adapted the base of the mirror to fit the mantle of the new interior where it was to be installed. The original mirror was designed to fit a curved mantel where as the new interior had a flat mantel.

Over time, the original mirror had lost pieces of the original ornamentation. Williams and Willson completed these missing elements based off of historical photographs of the complete mirror. Missing elements included part of the mirrors central ornament, as well as a variety of smaller ornamental details throughout the mirror. These missing ornaments were sculpted in plasticine and wax onto the moulded copy. New moulds were then made with silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. The final casting was done in polyurethane.

The extension to the 18th Century Decorative Mirror
This was an addition requested by the client. The elements used to create this frame were based directly on the original mirror as well as a piece of the main chimney ornament that was in the interior where the original mirror was displayed. The client had a piece of the original ornament, though a significant portion was missing. Williams and Willson made a moulded copy of the fragment. Based on historical photographs, Williams and Willson completed this ornament and incorporated it into the extension of the frame and the chimney moulding.

The frame was sculpted with wax and plaster elements from the moulded copy of the mirror. Moulds were made with silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. The frame was cast in polyurethane.

Once the final mirror was installed it was painted with gold paint.

18th Century Decorative Chimney Ornaments
For this interior the client desired three original 18th Century Chimney ornaments.

The ornaments were sculpted in wax and plasticine. Moulds were made with silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. And castings were done in polyurethane.

Once installed, the ornaments were painted with gold paint.

18th Century Decorative Frame Ornaments
The Client possessed two frames. They desired to have eight original 18th Century Ornaments complimenting the esthetic of the original frames to complete the decorative moulding surrounding them.

Four ornaments were sculpted in wax. Moulds were made with silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. Eight castings were made in polyurethane.

Once the ornaments were installed, they were painted with gold paint.

18th Century Decorative Door Ornament
To complete the ornamentation of the room, the client wished to have an 18th Century Decorative Floral Door Ornament. The rocaille was adapted after a similar ornament displayed elsewhere in the house. The floral decoration around the rocaille was adapted after floral ornaments from other existing ornaments.

The ornament was sculpted in wax. A mould was made using silicone rubber, plaster and fibers. The ornament was cast in polyurethane.

Once installed, the ornament was painted with oil paint and gold paint.



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