In my previous post, I wrote about the cast-iron frames, and insert panels, which cover the openings of each of the eight fireplaces in the Cross House. These beautiful creations are all glopped with paint, and I belatedly wondered: WHAT was lurking under all the paint? The answer, at least regarding the Library insert panel, was the remains of a copper-plated finish (upper third of panel). The rest had been burned away from the heat of the many fires. I am breathlessly awaiting a quote to recreate the copper plating with an antique finish.
Of course, my mind (and Bo’s) immediately began racing with THE question: what was hiding under the other seven frames/panels???????? Of particular curiosity was the fireplace in the Round Bedroom, because it has highly distinctive BLUE tiles, the most vivid in the house. I could not picture a frame/insert in copper-plate. Can you? No, so WHAT was hidden under the blue paint? Silver plate with an antique finish?
Ahhhh, no. More copper! Really, I was quite startled.
What you are seeing is mostly copper paint. There are just small bits of the original copper plate remaining (on the flowers).
Well, now I have to do another frame and see what is under its paint!
The Entrance Hall fireplace?
Or the other three fireplaces?
Oh! I am wracked with indecision! Wracked!