I love incorporating antiques and unique pieces of art into my designs which add character and interest in any space, and one of my current passions is for intaglios. Intaglios are circular ivory pieces that are carved with faces or figurines. The images are created by cutting or carving into the surface of each piece, so they are the opposite of cameos, which feature pictures in relief (raised up). A really eye-catching way of using intaglios in a room is to have several of them mounted in one frame – it makes for a really unusual focal point!
(Source: Quatrefoil Design)
I find these carved ivory discs so beautiful – they add instant prestige and integrity to a room. Before I use them in any of my current clients’ homes though, I am getting ready to put some up in my own house and office! There are so many lovely ways to display them… I wonder if mounting them on a dark background, as in the bedroom below, would work better? I have to admit, the contrast of ivory and chocolate is so elegant and yet so warm – just right for a cozy bedroom!
(Source: Amy Morris Interiors)
Another display of intaglios that caught my eye – and my imagination – is this gorgeous cluster of intaglios set in ornate blue and gold frames. The placement of the intaglios, along with the shape of the frames, creates the impression of two oversized brooches on the wall – so pretty!
(Source: Cote de Texas)
I’m so inspired, I can’t wait to see how they look on my own walls! Off to do some decorating…