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Monday, 5 April 2021

The CARTOUCHE in wood and stone | The ORNAMENT CARTOUCHE | Wooden cartouche

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.
The Cartouche


From my Dutch woodcarving blog:

The CARTOUCHE in wood and stone 

The ORNAMENT CARTOUCHE

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The CARTOUCHE

A cartouche is an elaborate, protruding spherical, often scrolled and incised shape that became an integral ornamental element from the 16th century onwards. It has been suggested that the cartouche evolved from the flattened oval shape used to accentuate the names of kings in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

One of the most prized decorations in all style periods is the cartouche. Both in wood and in stone. The cartouche is based on a more or less oval, spherical surface surrounded by ornate design and moldings.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The central part contains information such as text, a year, a name or even a family crest, a message that the owner of the cartouche wants to give us. Although the frame is intended to emphasise the message, over time it developed into a true decorative element.

Since the Renaissance, craftsmen have used the cartouche in almost all forms of art. The cartouche is a highly decorative ornament, which has always reflected changing fashions and tastes.

Each style period has its own typical design; a Louis XIV-style cartouche will look symmetrical and a Louis XV cartouche rather asymmetrical and lavishly decorated with the rocaille motif.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The decoration or ornaments around a cartouche can be filled in according to the designer-performer's own taste and style period. Common ornaments are acanthus leaves, flowers, foliage such as palm branches, masks and faces, but always according to the prescriptions of the style period at that time.

 Sometimes cherubs are present on the side(s) of the convex central part or lions on both sides of the cartouche depicting a family crest or a cartouche in combination with an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Or in combination with a Horn of Plenty, a cartouche with the message," the inhabitants of this house are doing well" or "we are doing well".... As I said, the possibilities are endless.

Here are some examples of the ornament cartouche that I have photographed over the years in 

France: Lille, Paris, Fontainebleau Castle and Chantilly Castle. 

Germany: Brühl Castle, Freiburg im Breisgau and Villa Hügel.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.
Villa Hügel, Germany

Lille, France


In Paris

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.
CARTOUCHE in wood and stone | The ORNAMENT CARTOUCHE
Lille, France


The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.


The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.


The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.


The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The Cartouche The ornament Cartouche, Baroque style ornaments, Cartouche, Wooden cartouche carved by Ornamental woodcarver for a decoration in wood or paneling. A wooden cartouche is always made by a woodcarver.

The CARTOUCHE in wood and stone | The ORNAMENT CARTOUCHE | Wooden cartouche
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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop

 Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | 
Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.

Woodcarvings, ornaments for frames and mirrors

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In this blogentry you will find a number of customized commissions for wood carving and wooden ornaments on decorative objects such as sculpted mirrors, carved frames, small ovale or round carved frames. In today's modern interior, purely decorative woodcarving can be a pleasant eye-catcher or have a slightly more discreet function.

Carved mirror frames and picture frames are often also gilded. If necessary, our carving studio can play a mediating role in gilding, ranging from specifying the gilding and other decorative work to referring to a competent gilding workshop.

Should you see a mirror, a frame or a decorative object in this folder that appeals to you, please feel free to contact us without obligation.

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.
Rococo custom carved mirror frame

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.

American Civil War ovale frame with bald eagle | A miniature with General Ulysses Grant

American Civil War ovale frame with bald eagle | A miniature with General Ulysses Grant

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.



Custom woodcarvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.

Custom wood carvings and wooden ornaments for frames and mirrors | Unique handmade mirrors from our sculpture workshop.


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Monday, 1 February 2021

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf (Germany)
Rococo castle interior

This blog entry about Castle Benrath is a translation made possible by  www.deepl.com . 
The original text you can find on my Dutch Woodcarving Blog, Ornamentsnijder Blog.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis
SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf


If you drive in the direction of Wuppertal (Bergisches Land), the city of Benrath, which used to be a small hamlet but has been a part of Düsseldorf since 1929, is located right bank of the river Rhine.

To the northwest at the end of the main street in Benrath lies the hunting and pleasure castle "Maison de Plaisance" in Rococo style with a vast park of the former Elector of the Palatinate Charles Theodore of Bavaria (1724 -1799). Karel Theodoor initially resided in Mannheim, capital of the Palatinate.
Between 1755 and 1771 he had a new summer residence built in the Rococo style in Benrath under the direction of the court architect Nicolas de Pigage.
When Charles Theodoor became Elector of Bavaria in 1777, he moved his main residence to Munich. In the summer he resided in Schwetzingen Castle, built by his uncle Charles Philip.
Charles Thedodoor and his wife Elisabeth Auguste made hardly any use of this castle. At the inauguration there was an evening party and Karel Theodoor visited the castle once on a day trip.

Elector: The elector was one of the seven, later one of the nine, most prominent princes of the Holy Roman Empire, and only they were allowed to choose a new emperor.

The domain stretches as far as the banks of the Rhine. The outbuildings of the castle are home to several museums. The castle is almost a smaller version of Schwetzingen castle.
The Schlosscafé is located in one of the gatehouses. Before we started the tour we couldn't resist to have something to eat here. A good price quality with friendly service.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

Schloss Benrath is a particularly charming castle that survived the turbulent after years of World War II almost unharmed. In the spring of 2019 I visited the castle with a number of students. 

The castle can only be visited with a guide. Every hour a small group of people leave for a guided tour of one of the wings of the castle; a visit that takes about an hour.
The entrance fee was not too high as in many German castles, castles and palaces, and amounted to p.p. 10 Euro. ( 12,5 US Dollar) 
Also here are the oversized felt slippers available. These slippers are required to wear over your own footwear to protect the original floors from possible damage.  Photographing is allowed but without flash. Here we have also gratefully taken advantage of the opportunity.
Below is a short report by Schloss Benrath.

The route to the castle is clearly indicated and parking is in the park and free of charge.


Castle Benrath

The Corps de Logis is the main building of the castle which consists of five separate buildings.
The main building served as a royal residence and has four floors with a total of eighty rooms.
The two wings to the right and left of the main building (Corps de Logis) are symmetrically located on the pond and were used as service buildings. They are connected to the main building by underground corridors. In this way, the work of the service staff was hidden from view and the meals could also be brought dry to the main building. In the two side wings there are now two museums, the museum of physics and the museum of garden art. The two gatehouses on both sides guard the entrances to the domain.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis


The Vestibule

The vestibule, the festive entrance, connects the inner space with the outside through the artful plasterwork. The rooms above the doors represent the four seasons and the elements earth, water, air and fire have been installed on the large wall surfaces.
The theme of nature constantly appears in the interior and exterior decoration of the castle. The idea of 'the castle as a summer residence in the countryside' is touched upon time and again. The vestibule not only served as a reception area, but also as a dining room. The original tables in this room make this clear to us.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis



The dome hall

The dome room is the banquet hall of the castle. Here people celebrated and danced. At the very top, even higher than the second dome, in the turret, also called the lantern, was the orchestral space. The dome depicts a painted scene, the goddess Diana returning from her nocturnal hunt. The fact that hunting is the main theme of the castle can also be seen in the decoration on the ground floor with the numerous animals killed, hunting dogs, hunting towers, safety nets,... Three windows show us the surrounding nature. The two official entrances to the Electors' Apartments can be accessed from the domed hall. Above these (private) doors are the initials of the prince electors "CT" and "FA" who "point the way" to their personal apartments.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

The garden room

The Electress garden room is the first private living space. We can see that the cool marble floor has just turned into a warm parquet floor. The beautifully elaborated parquet pattern, the location of the doors, the windows and the mirror were conceived with attention to symmetrical and geometric principles that played an important role in the 18th century.
Optical deception and illusions were also part of this. The two opposite mirrors create the impression of infinite spaces.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

Electress bedroom

The bedroom of the Electress is the first room in this tour which is covered with silk wallpaper, a special form of comfort. The bed stood in a niche that could be closed with hinged doors. Drawings and travel reports give us proof that the Electoress had a bed made for this in the form of a folded shell.
To the left and right of the niche there are hidden doors in the wallpaper. Behind it are small rooms that were used as a dressing room and make-up room, reading room and craft room. From there one could reach the Electoral Bathroom on one side and the toilet on the other side, a little bit dart was very modern in the 18th century.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

The Order Room (service room)

The Cabinet is the last room in the Electress living space. It was used for writing, a door hidden in the wallpaper gave access to the Order Room or service room of the Electress, the living room for the chambermaid. Here she could, among other things, adjust her clothes and spend the night. The next room was probably used as a cloakroom, if we look at the many wall cabinets. In this room there is a portrait of the French architect Nicolas de Pigage. Schloss Benrath is considered to be his architectural masterpiece.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis


The upper floor

On the upper floor there are four luxuriously furnished living rooms for senior guests. Each apartment had, according to French tradition, three rooms, an antechamber, a bedroom and a cabinet. The apartments were each occupied by one person. The servants stayed in adjoining rooms. There is also a cap on this floor, which was only allowed to be entered by the Electors and their guests. From a gallery, the house staff could follow the church service strictly separated from the nobility.

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

Here are some more impressions of our visit 
at Schloss Benrath near Düsseldorf


SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis

SCHLOSS BENRATH | Castle in Düsseldorf | Rococo castle interior | Rococo-style ornaments | Corps de Logis


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