Victorian Ceiling Cornices

The Victorian Period covers the later half of the 19th century, for a portion of the true reign of Britain's Queen Victoria (1837-1901) for which this era is named though Australian architecture is considered to start in the late 1840's. Many homes and terrace homes around the inner suburbs of Sydney are beautiful examples of the Victorian period. Classic interior plaster cornices were definied by linear lines of reeds and steps including the 'bullnose' and 'lambs tounge' features. Mid Victorian style introduced the 'throat' a large cove section in the middle of the cornice. This is the most common style used in Australian Victorian design. On more elaborate homes, enrichments of flower designs were added to the cornice. Ceiling roses were originally made in this era. They can be simple rings like the SCR60 design though most common were the very elaborate designs such as the SCR022.