Animal Ornamentation in Plasterwork
Animal forms are used as decoration through all periods of architecture with particular focus during the classical period. As with Human form, these can be seen on their own; combined with other motifs or more stylised shapes.
The most commonly seen examples, being Ox or Ram skulls; sphinx; centaur or gryphon.
The image below being a fine example of an Adam style Rams head taken from a private residence on the Portland estate, London.
Stonework lions and gryphons at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk.
Dove with an olive branch plaque manufactured in sand and cement to match the original design of a private residence in Coggeshall, Essex.
Further common examples of animal ornamentation would be Sphinx, Ox and Sheep skulls.