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Victorian & Edwardian Coving Cornice

We have three collections of Coving & Cornice Mouldings, Luxxus, Axxent and Basixx / Vidella. Click the image below to view a range. For Victorian cornice and coving styles or Edwardian cornice and coving styles please start with our Luxxus collection.


Victorian cornice and coving was used extensively in new developments during this era. There are few specific Victorian coving and cornice designs and the period merged with Edwardian cornice and coving developments. It is easier to say what is not, than what is. For example the simple concave curve of the 70's is not and nor are the contemporary angular designs of art deco cornice and coving.

The taller ceilings of the Victorian and Edwardian properties lent themselves to grand and ornate coving and cornice designs. The property development boom has left many older properties with beautiful mouldings with a huge range of designs of cornice and coving.

Over time building movement and water damage, or simply age leads to cracking and crumbling of the plaster cornice and coving. Also refurbishment and the development of smaller units from a larger building resulted in damage and removal of the original Victorian and Edwardian plaster cornice and coving, often with ugly results. The vast majority of Victorian and Edwardian installation was by local artisans who often produced their own cornice and coving designs. This has led to particular problems of matching where the Victorian and Edwardian coving and cornice has become damaged or removed with no industry standard moulds.

Matching of Edwardian and Victorian cornice and coving can be achieved, but is expensive, with no guarantee regarding the aging of remaining cornice and coving. Where the Edwardian or Victorian coving and cornice design is ornate the mould has either to be made on site or a section cut and removed to then make the mould in the factory. The replacement coving and cornice can be made and fitted. For a simpler line design of cornice and coving a copper or wood template of the shape can be made and 'run' or dragged to recreate in situ. This of course requires an expert to produce a good finish and match to the existing cornice and coving.

So where does that leave us today? In many instances it is more practical to refurbish Victorian and Edwardian cornice and coving with replacement coving and cornice. Developments in materials has led to polyurethane cornice and coving which has every advantage other than that of a perception of traditional original material so important in listed buildings. The question is if polyurethane coving and cornice has been developed before plaster, would plaster have been taken seriously? I think not. All the advantages are listed on our master cornice and coving home page.