This striking design is based on an Elizabethan wall painting found in the Sussex town of Lewes.
Discovered in a bridal chamber it was believed to have been a wedding gift painted by the bishop of Chichester’s artist in the sixteenth century. Bridal chambers were often painted as gifts and the floral designs were laden with symbolism.
The vibrant yellow design that once covered all the walls of the room consists of bold red strapwork with floral sprigs in the interstices. The section I have painted here features the pretty pink frieze that would have run all around the top of the room. A strange combination of alternating phoenixes and blue putti are entwined with ribbon garlands laden with fruit. A truly beguiling design.
This painting is strung at the back ready to hang on a wall.
These fresco secco panels are cracked and aged to give character and patination. On completion the plastered hessian substrate is glued to its wooden support and won’t crack or rub-back any further. Paintings where the hessian is wrapped around the panel edges may succumb to some minor flaking on the corners but a few knocks and scrapes are part of its “distressed” character.
The piece is finished with wax so may be buffed and polished to maintain its lustre