Gesso mould carved in chestnut
Dimensions:W: 7.6cm (3")H: 33.8cm (13.3")D: 3.7cm (1.5")
An early 19th century gesso mould carved with stylised acanthus in a border design. This mould is carved in chestnut and it dates from c.1820. This type of mould was used for fancy gesso, or plasterwork which would have been applied to picture frames or as architectural details, such as ceilings and friezes, in a building. The smaller examples were also used for sugar work and the moulds for both purposes were often carved by the same craftsmen. The carving in this mould is very deep and it is very well detailed. It is in excellent condition.
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