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Dentil & Modillions

Our dentil & modillions coving and cornice

The type of cornice characterised by small toothlike projections is known as Dentil cornice. It is another design whose origins lie in the Greek Ionic architectural style and was used to decorate the temples of the period. Although they resemble teeth it is believed that the original intention was to mimic the exposed ends of closely spaced beams. This is also suggested by the absence of a frieze in early examples and consequently the shallower entablature, however this changed during the Roman period.

In the Corinthian architectural order an extended and widely spaced Dentil that looks like a bracket was introduced to cornice. An innovation which evolved and was later embellished by being carved into the shape of a scroll. These widely spaced brackets are known as Modillions and appear to support the projecting mouldings above. Dentils though were not forgotten and often they were often included in a cornice that also incorporated Modillions, we stock a cornice (LPC019) which demonstrates this development perfectly. The use of Modillions and Dentil mouldings received fresh impetus during the Renaissance and beyond. Great architects like Palladio made much use of Modillions and so too did the Victorians during their neo classical revivals.

The enduring popularity of these styles is reflected in our range of Modillions and Dentil coving. We have tried to incorporate as many different designs as possible to give you a great choice in different sizes.

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  • Plaster Coving Large Victorian Grand Entrance Hall 120mm Drop LPC024

    Regular Price:

    £10.44

    This is the type of plaster coving that would have seen when you stepped into the entrance hall of a Victorian house, designed to look impressive. It’s heavily decorated with modillion blocks and acanthus leaves; we have three sizes of this style of coving - this is the medium size with a drop of 120mm.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Large Victorian Modillion 140mm Drop XLPC005

    Regular Price:

    £14.49

    The largest plain plaster coving from our Victorian collection. Not everything Victorian was decorated to excess and here is an example of a plain modillion block cornice, which, although true to the period is often more in keeping with people's tastes today than, the majority of Victorian cornice. This design in also available in a smaller size with a 135mm drop LPC020.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**

  • Plaster Coving Small Dentil 75mm Drop SPC015

    Regular Price:

    £5.49

    A traditional plaster coving design that has been in use for 150 years or more. At 70mm, this is the smallest of the four sizes we produce of this design. The other sizes are 85mm, 120mm and 150mm. If you need casting plaster or coving adhesive with your order our codes are CP10 for casting plaster and AD10 for coving adhesive.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Modillion 137mm Drop LPC020

    Regular Price:

    £12.78

    A plain modillion block plaster coving with a drop of 137mm and a projection of 120mm. It’s an impressive cornice that is at the same time not too ornate.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Victorian Entrance Hall 175mm Drop LPC019

    Regular Price:

    £14.98

    A substantial large Victorian enriched plaster coving featuring an upper cornice decorated with Acanthus leaves. Also supported by finely cast modillions -which are also richly decorated with scrolls and Acanthus leaves - above an Egg and Dart moulding and a Dentil course below.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Dentil 110mm Drop MPC061

    Regular Price:

    £7.68

    This is our most popular dentil plaster coving, and at just under 5 inches drop and projection, it is suitable for all rooms except those with the highest ceilings. The dentil blocks are well proportioned and when fitted, the external corners are particularly attractive as is the shadow cast by the dentil blocks across the cornice. It is well worth ordering a sample from us if you are undecided which coving to buy.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Dentil Egg & Dart 90mm Drop MPC019

    Regular Price:

    £6.79

    A small practical plaster cornice combining two classical designs, The egg and dart and dentil mouldings, small ornate coving like this (80mm drop) is ideal if you want an ornate or Victorian feel to your rooms but do not have either the ceiling height or budget for some of our larger Victorian cornice, our plaster ceiling rose MPR004 (500mm Diameter) is a very popular choice along with this coving.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length includes VAT**

  • Plaster Coving Ornate Victorian 80mm Drop MPC012

    Regular Price:

    £7.49

    A popular Victorian plaster coving design that is lifted straight from the temples of ancient Rome, with modillion blocks decorated with Acanthus leaves supporting an ornate pediment with an egg and dart moulding below. A grand cornice design like this would have been originally used in the entrance halls of large Victorian houses, however this smaller version (80mm drop) allows some victorian grandeur to be created anywhere and everywhere. Please see LPC024 and LPC019 for larger sizes.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length includes VAT**

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