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GENUINE REGENCY CORNICE STYLES
John Nash was responsible for much of Regency London, which was defined by grand, long terraces or crescents such as those along Regent Street, Regent Park and (pictured) Carlton House Terrace:
Typically more restrained than Palladian interiors, Regency period interiors had furniture, wallpaper and window drapery as their focus, with cornices and other mouldings being much more understated, more delicate and generally known for their low-relief.
The most common moulding of the period, and the moulding that most reflected the simplicity and restraint of the period’s plasterwork, was the bead. Reeding (combinations of two or more linked beads, adjoining the adjacent surface) was applied to everything from cornices and skirting to door and chimney surrounds.
Waterleaf cornices are a great example of the neo-classical influence on Regency period plaster mouldings, with their sharp leaf detailing remaining ever-popular today.