Decorators Supply – Historical, Beautiful and Affordable Ornamentation
Decorators Supply was originally founded as a carving and gilding company in 1883. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 provided the catalyst for their early growth and prosperity.
Over the next two to three decades, Decorators Supply employed dozens of European artisans who hand carved the beautiful designs that they sell today. The original carvings are preserved in their vaults to make the exact mold impressions used to produce their “compo” ornaments today.
Composition ornament originated with the Italians during the 1500’s. By the mid 1700’s the formulation and techniques of compo had spread to workshops in England and France and from there found their way to North America by European artisans immigrating to the New World. Few modern carvers can match the beauty and detail found in the composition ornaments that they hand produce from their “exact impression” molds and none can match the value.
Here are some beautiful examples of their composition ornament installed. Love this trumeau mirror.
In addition to their line of composition ornaments, they offer a line of capitals and brackets in various art periods for both interior and exterior applications.
We used this capital along with their composition ornament for these pilasters.
Interesting picture before finishing so you can see the combination of the compo ornament and wood.
They also offer plaster of Paris ornaments and ceilings.
Wood mantels ornamented with composition ornamentation.
We have been working with Decorators Supply Ornament for at least two decades. Here is my first catalogue. In those days there was no internet so you can see our catalogue was used a lot. Working with Decorators Supply ornament gave us the inspiration for our first product, our Victorian recessed light trim. Today, they have an easy to use website where you can flip through their catalogues, download PDF sections of their composition ornament catalogues and purchase all the historic catalogues.
Due to the artistry of those early carvers, we can create todays’ works of art. Thanks Decorators Supply.
Watch for a series of videos which we will introduce here, on how to work with Decorators Supply composition ornament. The first one will focus on transforming ordinary cabinet doors. Here is the Decorators Supply composition ornament for the panel and a central feature for focal point doors with our sample of the Annie Sloan Chalk paint finish.