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Egg and Dart Coving

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Our egg and dart coving and cornice

Egg and Dart is one of the most distinctive classical cornice styles. Prominent on cornice for millennia the pattern consists of oval shapes closely set with alternating vertical arrows, darts or anchors, typically moulded or carved in bas-relief.

Its origins and meaning are clouded in the mists of time but it is thought to represent shields and spears, a stylised shield wall.  The ovolo (convex quarter circle section) moulding is so closely associated with the style that Egg and Dart is also commonly known as ovolo.

The earliest examples can be traced right back to Greece in the 7th century BC and capitals of the Ionic order. Initially the row of hanging “eggs” was more elongated but over the centuries the moulding evolved and the egg took on its now familiar shape. The dart evolved too from what looked like the stem of a leaf in the Greek era to an arrowhead or an anchor in Roman times. That wasn't the end of the creative cycle as leaf forms were combined with the cyma recta in Roman architecture to create dazzlingly complex and intricate cornice styles that were essentially turned-down leaves, but still recognisably based on the original Egg and Dart form.

Roman replicas are probably the models that inspired the modern Egg and Dart name, but they weren't the end of the story. During the Italian Renaissance classic Roman architectural style was adopted and adapted further, resulting in a widening of spaces between the eggs putting increased emphasis on the dart. Fascination with the ancient world and successive waves of neo classical revivals ensured Egg and Dart remained a popular moulding throughout Georgian and Victorian times.

We recognise the enduring popularity and elegance of the Egg and Dart style and it is a staple of our decorated plaster coving range. We sell cornice where Egg & Dart is the exclusive pattern and also designs where it is combined with other styles.

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  • Plaster Coving Small Egg and Dart 60mm SPC022

    Regular Price:

    £5.45

    This is our smallest egg and dart plaster coving - it has a drop of only 60mm and is generally used where space is at a premium and larger cornice is not an option. If you are looking for something bigger in the egg and dart pattern please see our products MPC045 and MPC019 or alternatively if it’s a small cornice you require but without a pattern, we have SPC006 which is a 50mm plain ogee cornice. We recommend you fill the cornice with casting plaster rather than filler and our code for a 10KG bag of casting plaster is CP10.

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

  • Plaster Coving Georgian Egg and Dart 90mm SPC020

    Regular Price:

    £5.50

    A small traditional egg and dart plaster coving, which will create a period look where there is not the space for a larger cornice. Larger sizes of egg and dart we stock are MPC064 and MPC045. If you need coving adhesive our code is AD10 for a 10kg bag which should be enough for around 70M of this cornice.

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

  • Plaster Coving Victorian 235mm Drop XLPC004

    Regular Price:

    £18.66

    This is our largest decorated cornice and is a classic Victorian design of Acanthus leaves and the egg and dart motif. Such a large heavy cornice and needs to be securely fixed to the walls and ceiling. Please see our installation videos for some useful advice. The video above shows this cornice in a new build house in Cheshire where the ceilings were 3 meters in height.

    **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 Egg & Dart 100mm Drop MPC064

    Regular Price:

    £6.98

    If you’re looking for a period plaster cornice with some detail, this is a great place to start. The two elements of its design - the egg and dart and beading - have both been widely used for hundreds of years in furniture and internal joinery. It’s a very attractive decorative plaster cornice.

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

  • Plaster Coving Georgian Swag and Drop 85mm Drop MPC062

    Regular Price:

    £6.98

    This elegant plaster coving has a central frieze featuring a delicately cast Adams-style Swag and Drop; a style popular from Georgian times to the present day. The Adams brothers Robert, John and James were highly influential Georgian architects and designers who rose to prominence in the 1760's - they created elaborate plasterwork as parts of their interior design schemes.

    **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**

  • Plaster Coving Egg & Swag 105MM Drop MPC045

    Regular Price:

    £6.89

    This stylish plaster coving has a central frieze of classical swags with egg moulding, with a broad border both above and below, finished with a finely moulded shallow ceiling projection above, we also have a number of ceiling roses that will complement this design, ideal for period properties This design is also available in a larger size code : LPC016.

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

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