Ar­chi­tec­tural El­e­ments

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The de­tailed plas­ter­work ceil­ings at Ber­ring­ton Hall are stun­ning.

The painted por­trait medal­lions on the li­brary ceil­ing are the work of ac­claimed ar­chi­tect John Bi­a­gio Re­becca and were de­signed to im­i­tate high-relief stucco sculp­ture. They rep­re­sent great English men of lit­er­a­ture, in­clud­ing Shake­speare, Milton and Chaucer. The floor of the bed­room above was raised slightly to re­duce the im­pact of foot­steps on the frag­ile ceil­ing be­low.

The li­brary's fit­ted book­cases re­sem­ble clas­si­cal fa­cades with shal­low ped­i­ments and pi­lasters.

The dec­o­ra­tive ef­fect run­ning along the top of the book­cases is a pat­tern of mistle­toe leaves and berries. This kind of or­nate de­tail is typ­i­cal of this house and its his­tory.

The draw­ing room still has its orig­i­nal white and gold cur­tain boxes, which set off the beau­ti­fully hung cur­tains and pel­mets.

It also has the finest ceil­ing at Ber­ring­ton with medal­lions de­pict­ing myth­i­cal fig­ures. The cen­tral medal­lion shows Jupiter, Cupid and Venus. Images of Greek mythol­ogy were pop­u­lar in stately homes.

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