Decorative elements in strip form used to embellish a surface are called moldings. Our moldings are usually repeating patterns, and range in lengths from 1 – 4 feet. They are grouped either by functionality of similar motifs.
Stylized leaves of the Acanthus plant are integral to Classical architecture, adorning capitals, friezes, moldings, and more. We’ve collected so many they get their own category! Included in this section are “lambs-tongue” styles.
Instead of pounding a nail into plaster to hang a picture, many architectural periods, especially Victorian, developed a molding with a curved top which runs high along the wall, a foot or two below the ceiling, from which pictures can be hung with a special curved hook. These were made of wood and embossed with composition ornamentation. Our moldings are reproductions of these wooden moldings, and because they are plaster, are intended to be decorative only.
Surface moldings run on a flat surface, and have the same projection at the top as at the bottom, even though the pattern may have a specific orientation. Many of these patterns can be used as a frieze, which is a horizontal band of a classical entablature, running below the cornice.