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Our Ogee coving and cornice

The Ogee (or cyma recta) moulding is a double curve that resembles an "S": concave (cavetto) in the upper half and convex (ovolo) in the lower half. It is a very appropriate choice for plaster coving as with only a few exceptions it was typically the uppermost moulding on the cornice of all the ancient architectural orders. Whether the Ogee curves of the "S" are elongated or fuller in shape will respectively point to either a Greek or Roman derivation.

The shadowy appeal of Ogee

The appeal of Ogee moulding also lays in the interplay of the small shadow lines it creates across its surface, baring in mind that originally these mouldings were outdoors in direct sunlight. Subtle shadows created by the cavetto section under a filet and the overhang of the ovolo curve, separated by a strip of the moulding in full light, adds interest and depth to a cornice. Room lighting effects therefore should be considered and experimented with before fixing Ogee coving in place.

Cyma recta or cyma reversa?

It is perfectly acceptable to reverse the coving so that the convex part of the curve is uppermost and the concave element below. This is known in architectural terminology as a reverse Ogee, or cyma reversa. In antiquity the reverse Ogee evolved to accept a tongue and dart decoration and is also found in the cornices of all the architectural orders, but it was often smaller in scale than the cyma recta. It's a question of preference not orthodoxy, which way you fit it.

Ogee is a very popular moulding

Before installing plaster coving, look around your property because the Ogee curve is often present elsewhere. Internally, Ogee is a very popular choice for skirting boards and architraves. In addition it is found in fine pieces of Georgian, Victorian and later furniture and is often present in the cornice and pediment of many "period" fitted kitchens. Externally it can also be seen on some cast iron guttering. If the moulding is already present in a property then installing Ogee cornice instinctively looks right. Ogee never goes out of fashion.

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  • Plaster Coving Small Ogee 50mm Drop SPC006

    Regular Price:

    £5.03

    This is the smallest ogee plaster coving we stock with a just a 50mm drop. The ogee profile is used extensively in internal joinery, architraves, skirting boards etc, and this very small coving is useful in areas where there is insufficient room for a bigger cornice but you still wish to cover the joint between the ceiling and the walls. For larger sizes of ogee cornice please see MPC039.

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

  • Ogee Plaster Coving 150mm Drop LPC001

    Regular Price:

    £10.13

    Ogee plaster coving is one of the more popular styles and this is our largest size. It will match architraves and skirting boards that feature ogee profiles, as many of them do. A large ogee coving like this is suitable rooms with higher ceilings making it very popular with those undertaking the renovation of houses from the Victorian era.

    **LPC001 sample costs £2.50**
    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Ogee 120mm MPC039

    Regular Price:

    £6.89

    A timeless Ogee plaster coving which can be fitted as shown or reversed for an equally stylish and traditional finish. Use it in a contemporary or a period setting, where it is most often associated with Georgian cornice

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

  • Plaster Coving 110mm MPC051

    Regular Price:

    £6.89

    Another of our plaster coving designs that dates back to Victorian times, popular for renovating period properties but also a popular choice for properties of all ages, all houses built in the last 150 years contain many ogee profiles in the skirting boards, architraves, and in modern houses the kitchen units, this plaster coving. All of which will be will complemented and enhanced by this ogee plaster coving, one of those designs that is always in our plain coving sample pack.

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

  • Plaster Coving Greek Ogee 95mm Drop MPC047

    Regular Price:

    £6.40

    A simple plaster coving design based upon the ogee curve. It has a drop of just under four inches (95mm) and a projection of 110mm, a very useful size for most modern properties with its simple stylish design, based upon an ogee curve.

    **Our coving is priced per metre, not per length and includes VAT**
  • Plaster Coving Regency Medium 125mm Drop MPC067

    Regular Price:

    £7.95

    This plaster coving is an original Georgian design, the Georgians themselves were recreating the stone cornices found on the temples of ancient Rome. You can see from the video how well it fits in with the wooden architraves used around the doors. This cornice is the medium of three different sizes we produce in this design; please also see SPC024 and LPC027.

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

  • Plaster Coving Regency Small 100mm SPC024

    Regular Price:

    £6.36

    A classic plaster coving from the early 18th century. We have this design in two other sizes; this is the smallest with a drop of 100mm - the other sizes we have are MPC067 with a 125mm drop and LPC027 with a 140mm drop. Though this is an old design it does not look dated.

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

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