Lime plaster, oil paint and gilding
9.01 x 6.52 metres x 4.74metresOrder this image
Berrington Hall, Herefordshire (Accredited Museum)
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Drawing room ceiling The ceiling is one of the finest at Berrington and one of the most elaborate designed by Holland. In contrast to the French neo-classicism of the Entrance Hall, it recalls the more delicate style of Robert Adam. The central medallion depicts Jupiter, Cupid and Venus. The four smaller medallions feature other classical scenes: The arming of Aeneas (over fireplace), Hercules serving Queen Omphale (over windows), Venus and Adonis (over door to Marble Hall) and a Nymph crowning Cupid (over door to Boudoir). The medallions were painted in the style of Biagio Rebecca (1735-1808) The decorative plasterwork may be by William Pearce, who had worked for Holland at Claremont. Within the central circular border of wave-like Vitruvian scroll pattern, four putti harness seahorses with blue ribbons. The rectangular panels either side contain alternate medallions of boys and white stucco plaster fans within a guilloche border.
The ceiling is contemporary with Henry Hollands original design. Architectural features both internal and external including decorative schemes and fixtures all accepted in lieu of death-duties, along with the buildings and estate, and transferred to the National Trust in 1957.