jewels of the ceiling have been around for a long time and are
focal point of interior design. In earlier homes of distinction they
hand crafted in plaster then painted or foiled with gold in only
palaces of the elite. As an applied delicate ceiling motif, it took
artisans hundreds of hours to create and install these gems by hand.
less complicated idea from Greek and Roman times allowed the medallion
to be cast
from plaster as a whole piece and actually be plastered in place on the
as one unit.
This allowed for mass production of this magnificent art form making it
the average home at a fraction of the original cost of the hand crafted
Technical progress and urbanization resulted in more people having money
their own homes. Ceiling heights were lower than that of the
royalty, thus the
chandeliers were hung closer to the ceiling. This
problem particularly with the proximity of the candle flame to the ceiling
whole piece plaster medallion became an excellent economical way to
non-combustible fire barrier between the ceiling and the open flame.
allowed for wall paper to adorn a ceiling with less
fear of fire.
introduction of the gas lamp, although safer, still required a heat and
just as the
candles did in earlier times. In order to be an effective fire
to be 2/3rds larger than
the arms of the chandelier holding the flame.
electric age dawned, medallions became less of a functional entity and
an anchor for
ceiling decoration. Now available to all, through mass production,
ceiling decor are economical and easy to install. Plaster requires
so producers have made them from a lite weight
material has the same consistency as white pine and installs with a
looks like detailed plaster at a fraction of the cost.
medallion collection can be made from
in order to provide
ASTM-E84 non combustible fire rating for commercial applications.
One can also
order the ArchPolymerTM treated with a
fire retardant primer that allows
two hours of
As a major
element of interior design, ceiling medallions have evolved from delicate
lines, to the heavier acanthus leaves, to the elegant lines of the Federal
period, to the
modern waves of Art Deco. Today they re the focal point of interest
in a room that
creates an illusion of height and are a major element setting the style
of the entire
we try to incorporate the
traditional element in a more modern context.
shown here combines the traditional egg
and dart molding
with acanthus leaves in a symmetrical effect.
This wonderful design has
three similar matching sizes.
sizing a medallion we have written a great
How to Size a Medallion which you might
For those that are looking for the modernism that was expressed in the
period we created IPMRD8012 and IPMRD8014 ovals.
ovals are smooth and can appeal to many modern
rectangular medallion has over 30 metal inserts
and holes can
be drilled anywhere on the surface area for
In conclusion, the
ceiling medallion is a truly brilliant design
gem that has evolved from pure decoration, to a fire barrier
protector to the epicenter of a room's style.
extensive collection @