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Our showroom is based in Wandsworth, South West London. We have been established for over 40 years and our nationwide client base has grown due to our skilled and professional service. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, we provide quality work for all our customers. We cater for homeowners, builders and architects and are committed to the restoration and preservation of architectural features. We combine traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques and materials to reproduce original features such as cornices, ceiling centres and corbels in precise detail and to an exceptionally high quality.

Robert Adam, the 18th century designer and Architect, introduced cornice, fibrous plasterwork or ornate mouldings into Great Britain. He incorporated into his ceiling decorations, plaster reliefs. He would then repeat these motifs in the furnishings, carpets and woodwork. The plaster reliefs formed no function except to embellish and beautify, much the same as they do today.

There is an immense amount of ornate plasterwork in Great Britain and in many different styles, from the finest town and country houses to 19th century railway cottages in Waterloo. Over the passage of time the ornate plaster mouldings have been destroyed, damaged, heavily painted or just ripped out because it became unfashionable. Our extensive knowledge and empathy with various eras of interior decor enables us to match any classical feature with great accuracy. We take pride in the competitive prices we offer so you can rely on us to restore your property cleanly and efficiently.

Interior Mouldings

Broseley London and the Classic Cornice Co. have collaborated on many projects over the last 30 years. Their project in Earls Court Square was both challenging and rewarding. The ceiling in the main reception needed to be replaced, which meant that all the original ornate mouldings would need to be replaced. The mouldings were removed and catalogued, taken into the workshop to be cleaned, reproduced and then returned to the house to be installed. The result was a stunning ceiling, restored to its former glory.


Removing the mouldings

Removing Plaster Mouldings

Part of the new ceiling

New Plaster Ceiling

Exterior mouldings

As the Company has grown we have been asked if the expertise we bring to the internal mouldings can be transferred to the exterior. With the introduction of a product called Jesmonite, a resin-bonded cement, we have been able to adapt our skills and knowledge to produce high quality finishes to exteriors.

The Advantage Basement Co. commissioned us to reproduce the external mouldings to the façade of a property in Richmond to match the external mouldings next door.

The Richmond Society’s top award of a brass plaque was presented for the transformation of this property in Richmond. They said, ‘The replacement of a 1950s semi, which itself was an infill resulting from bombing during the Second War, with a carefully designed reconstruction of a 19th century villa, completely in keeping with the existing historic townscape and being of the highest build quality. The judging panel had been particularly impressed with the care and consideration taken to reproduce the character and detail of the neighbouring villa.’ — The Richmond Society Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2013

Restored Villa

Our company offers a full range of expertise from manufacturing the ornate plasterwork to its installation, both externally and internally. For more information or to see if we can help you, contact us today. Tel. No. 0208 8740221 or email info@classiccornice.co.uk.