Tusmore House, Oxfordshire

Tusmore House Columns and Pilasters Tusmore

Hayles and Howe collected the Humber Silver Salver in 2004 for our work on Tusmore House. Manufacturing and installing eight 5.7 m fluted sienna scagliola columns and pilasters. Embellished with Acanthus leaf capitals at this new build Palladian style house. Support columns were created to the first floor gallery in the central reception. Above the capitals the balcony took on a scagliola frieze and eight white scagliola urns to enhance this feature. Also containing sienna swags set into vertical posts. Completing the spectacular area Hayles and Howe designed, manufactured and installed four decorative plaster apses.

Difficulties arose during the setting out of the columns. Leading to the columns and pilasters having to retain perfectly matching margins in the floor pattern. Therefore this task was not an easy one to overcome. So by applying good techniques in the design and setting out the team managed to achieve the required result. The judge’s comments included the following: “The work carried out showed the best creative, operative and innovative skills of the specialist contractor. They should be understandably proud of there work”. Following the award the project was a feature in many magazines and newspapers with the following comment from Giles Worsley for the Daily Telegraph. The quality of the scagliola columns in the central rotunda has been compared with the finest craftsmanship of the imperial palaces of St Petersburg.


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