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Friday, 31 May 2013

Annual excursion of my students Ornamental Woodcarving | The Château of Modave | Château de Deulin | Educational fieldtrip

Annual educational fieldtrip with my students ornamental woodcarving

Annual excursion- Educational fieldtrip of the course members 
woodcarving – ornamental woodcarving

For a number of years now I’ve been taking the students in my ornamental carving – woodcarving class on an annual fieldtrip. The Château Versailles is one of those places they really look forward to. Yet this year, I opted for a number of exquisite locations right here on Belgian soil.

The Château of Modave is unique because of its beautifully preserved historical interior and furniture, dating back to the period between the 17th and the 19th century. 
At the Château Deulin we were fortunate enough to experience the annual “Antiques & collectibles fair”. Less fortunate was the fact that on this day the castle was closed to the public. 

The Château of Modave and the Château Deulin are two destinations which are easily accessible by car. A visit is highly recommended!

On the way back, we also visited the city of Liège, where we briefly went sightseeing and where we visited the renowned Musée d'Ansembourg, a museum dedicated to the 18th century decorative arts and furniture of Liège. We ended this exceptional day in a restaurant in the historical city centre of Liège.

Here are some pictures of the day in question:

The Château de DEULIN

The Château de Deulin

The Château de MODAVE

The Château de Modave

Liège, sightseeing and the Musée d'Ansembourg


City walk in Liège, Belgium

Liège Style Furniture
The d'Ansembourg Museum in Liège



Restoration of a carved panelling | Restoration Antique Wall Panelling | ROCOCO Style Panelling

Patrick Damiaens
Ornamental Woodcarver

Restoration of a Carved and Gilded Panelling

A Carved and Gilded Panelling

This picture-gallery - panelling - in-wall cabinets, originates from an old manor house in the vicinity of Tours, France. The paintings located above the cabinet doors represent various rustic scenes from the 18the century.

The chamber was crafted in oak and sculptured in the style of Louis XV. In this composition extraordinary ornamental decorations can be found, such as a centrally placed music trophy surrounded with gilded rocaille motives (decorations shaped in the form of a shell).

Unfortunately, throughout the years parts of the ‘dessus de porte’ which were hanging above the entrance of the room went missing. Leaving some decorations incomplete with only the upper pieces remaining intact. Therefore we lack information on how the original panels looked like, making this project very difficult.

Important for the reconstruction/restoration of these ‘dessus de porte’ panels, was to give the new parts the same character as the authentic wainscoting

The restoration of this panelling was an assignment of “Architectural Antiques Theo Evers” from Hoensbroek, the Netherlands. It is intended to rebuilt this chamber in a residence in Moscow. 

Monday, 13 May 2013

ART DECO STYLE ORNAMENTS | Wood carving in Art-Deco Style | Wood carved Art Deco panel | Art Deco Carvings

Wood carvings for an exterior door
Patrick Damiaens
Ornamental Woodcarver

Art Deco wood carvings for entry doors

Art Deco

Art Deco was a popular style that, in spite of its important influence on the decorative and applied arts, only had a short florescence (1920-1939).

The style Art Deco arose in Paris after the First World War and became popular throughout the whole world. The name “Art Deco” is based on an international exposition that took place in Paris in 1925 and was called ‘L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’.

Art Deco was an universal trend. It was not only used in architecture but also in other arts like painting, sculpture and the design of industry and interiors. However, the style only became known after it was used for the design of furniture. Interior designers often chose to work with exotic wood species and lacquerwork, but other innovative materials like chromium, nickel and celluloid can also be found in this style.

Apart from universal Art Deco was also a very progressive style. The founders wanted to reform the arts, what resulted in one style combining all sorts of elements from different trends. Therefore, in Art Deco features of for instance cubism, expressionism, modernism and functionalism can be found. This often makes it hard to identify and define Art Deco. However, despite the fact that there is no such thing as a general guideline, there are some elements like the use of clean-cut lines and forms and a modest design which make this style very identifiable.

It was not until 1971 that the name ‘Art Deco’ was being used in the rest of the world, thanks to the release of a book with the title: “The World of Art Deco”.

Art Deco Style Carvings and ornaments

Two forms of Art Deco

Art Deco is known for its austere and simple designs suitable for mass production. However, these designs were often combined with the use of expensive materials. The choice for materials divided Art Deco into two movements. 
In the first movement designers chose to work with valuable materials crafted by hand, their products were therefore very expensive and only meant for wealthy families. The second form was simple, functional and thus manufactured for a larger, less well-off public.

The project

An exterior door sculptured with Art Deco carvings.

Exclusive Entry doors

Art Deco Style carvings

Carving a Art Deco Ornament

Art Deco Style Ornaments


Translation Liesbeth Neyens