Classic Egg and Dart Molding
The earliest examples of Egg and Dart Moulding were found in Ancient Greek architecture. It is comprised of an egg which represents a shield and dart for the spear.
It is found at the top of Ionic Capitals.
The Egg and Dart is a great molding for so many applications. The inspiration to write about this style molding was this month’s Architectural Digest featuring Timothy Corrigan’s elegant Paris apartment. Shown below the egg and dart painted gold really stands out from all the ornament in the room.
Adding the egg and dart molding below the cornice creates a frieze area. In interiors, the frieze of a room is the section of wall above the picture rail and under the crown moldings or cornice. You can add an egg and dart molding with or without a crown molding.
Here are some frieze inspiration images.
Frieze without any embellishment. Obviously these are very grand rooms. Just adding a molding can add so much to a room.
Exterior Frieze with Lambs Tongue and Egg and Dart
Grobe Villa, Prague – Frieze detail
Harewood House – Robert Adam
St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy – Frieze Detail with Egg and Dart and Lambs Tongue moulding
Decorative Imaging Frieze Designs
Neoclassic Frieze Wallpaper by Decorative Imagining
Some ideas for adding egg and dart moulding.
Consider adding egg and dart moulding to basic cabinets; such as this Home Depot bathroom vanity.
Water Creation Madison – This basic panel would lend itself to adding egg and dart moulding. It would look great on the drawer as well.
These Martha Stewart Kitchen cabinets available from Home Depot would be transformed with the addition of egg and dart moulding.
Another great application would be to add egg and dart moulding to board and batten wainscoting.
Egg and Dart Moulding and Lambs Tongue I used for the column pedestals to my ‘Drawing Room’.
Great choice for panels
Wimpole Hall – Drawing Room Fireplace with Egg and Dart detail
Pearlworks Architectural Details is a good source for egg and dart molding. They are the only manufacturer of hybrid decorative moldings in the world. This innovative process combines Hardwood and resin castings together creating a unique molding with twice the detail at half the price of machine wood carvings.
Nice to see the egg and dart finished and installed on this handsome cabinet.
More egg and dart mouldings from Pearlworks.
Gorgeous Versailles Panels from their Castle Collection inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France.
White River has an excellent collection of Egg and Dart Moldings. Check out their website as they offer mouldings, corbels and more. Their products are available in hardwoods, flexible mouldings and MDF mouldings. They also offer design services. Their gallery is filled with amazing installations.
Happy Easter with the most beautiful classical Faberge Egg.
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