|Ceiling painted on wooden beams, circa 1880s, and relocated in the 1940s|
History #1 says that the ceiling was from the Thaw Mansion, Lyndhurst, that was located along “Millionaire’s Row” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
History #2 says it is from a German church."
|a lovely grisaille inset|
|The ceiling in its current home: note one of the planks has been made into a valance for the vertical blinds|
|the ornament is painted right onto the wood, with details in gold leaf. gorgeous!|
My fellow Ornamentalists, if you would like to weigh in on the origins of this ceiling, or its style, by all means comment and help us get to the bottom of this mystery!
I'd like to thank Ms Huhn for sharing her wonderful ceiling with us, and I am given permission to say that this marvelous ceiling is currently for sale, and comes complete with a 6 bedroom 6 bathroom house built in the Midcentury Eclectic Style (sorry, I just made that up) as well as a lovely bit of land in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
Are you cursed with a boring white ceiling and would like something ornamental to improve your life? Please feel free to contact me, I'd be more than happy to paint something for you.
Click on images to view larger. photos in this post by Teresa Huhn, published here with permission