Ashley's Italianate Shutters
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Featuring Renaissance-style shutters
and mural work for Mrs. V.M., Parkside, Wimbledon.
Some of this work will be featured
in an upcoming issue of Country Life.
These are painted in oils, and
depict merchants and landscapes in Florence & Tuscany during the
Renaissance. The border decorations
are gilded, and the backs of the shutters, not visible here,
have a different design derived
from the so-called 'grotesque' style found on ceilings of the period.
Apart from the odd imp and shifty-looking
tyrant, these ornate floral decorative fantasies did not
seem to me to deserve such a description.
There is something wonderful and exuberant about this style,
and later we found ourselves painting
similar organic scrollery on faux porphyry panels in the Cotes d'Azur.