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Plaster Mould

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T246
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This is a compo or plasterer's mould. It is used for making ornate wall and ceiling decorations.This plaster mould unites two skilled craftsmen. The master plasterer would have used a large number of moulds to produce the elaborate ceiling and wall decorations found in public buildings and grand houses. The moulds were carved by another skilled craftsman using a technique called 'intaglio' or carving in reverse. It is carved out of boxwood which is particularly good for fine detailed work which needs to be tough and long lasting.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:26.5 cm
Width:19 cm
Depth:5.4 cm