ENGLISH ROCOCO CHIMNEY PIECE
Working on private residences, where our carving expertise and designs can turn a space into something quite extraordinary, is always a pleasure. Our projects range from elegant frames and elaborate doorways to carved paneled walls and ceilings. We work closely with the architect, decorator or client on design and execution. Depending on costs and logistics we will partner with the existing mill shop on site, supplying just the carved ornamentation, or undertake the whole project by delivering both construction and carving.
Client: Gordon and Ann Getty, San Francisco
Interior Designer: LeavittWeaver, USA and Canada.
"Agrell Architectural Carving has created a woodcarving workshop of international stature here in the United States, and work like this is a true testimony to their craftsmanship."
— Stephen Weaver, Interior Designer
When this project was first presented, it was composed of several large distorted photocopies, which had been enlarged from a small picture. These images were pinned to the wall (the same wall you see in the picture) where it was eventually to be installed.
Adam Thorpe, who at the time was the youngest elected British Master Carver and our Chief Wood Carver, took on the challenge of making this multifarious vision a reality.
To start, Adam went to London's famous Victoria and Albert Museum to draw the relevant elements he found within the museum's collections, and produced full-sized drawings for the client and the designers to review. Next, he researched how these chimney pieces were constructed (pretty crudely) and in particular, how the different parts of the mirror would be attached (pretty cleverly). He also studied the strength and depth of the carving as he knew this varies greatly and would effect timing and cost.
After approximately 3,600 hours of hand carving, including extensive gilding, the result is a masterpiece of stunning beauty—easily one of the most astonishing pieces of English Rococo ever recreated.
Our dear friend, Adam Thorpe, is a draftsman and classical woodcarver of exceptional talent. We highly recommend his work and invite you to visit his website at www.ornatech.com .