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To make a more complete statement, it was felt that a border round the outside of the installation would present a more finished look. This stylised shell is represented in stained glass windows throughout the mansion and offered a perfect repetitive symbol to use.

Project development plan to create an architectural landscape for an Aga inglenook

This large country kitchen needed an interesting backdrop to make the most of its old Aga dating from the 1940's. Because of the nature of the establishment, many people use the kitchen and the client thought it appropriate to use the history of the mansion as inspiration for the commission, providing archives for the research.

Over the last century, the house underwent some structural changes and the client requested that some of the earlier features, such as the ornate chimneys that once adorned the house, be included in the design.

The various features such as the house, entrance gates, fountain, etc. have been put together in the working drawing for the mural , shown above, although in reality they are much further apart.

Mike Francis has made a credible landscape that draws these elements together successfully.

During the planning stage, Mike Francis was careful to ensure that no important design features were lost behind

The painted tile panel laid out before firing

The painted tile panel laid out before firing

the Aga chimney, a dominant feature in the project, and arranged for this to cover a less important part of the building.

The landscape is painted in manganese dioxide on a cream glaze, a traditional alternative to the more frequently used cobalt oxide blue decoration.

 

 

 

 

 

Two views of finished installation

 

Information about this panel

Dimensions:
Height: 30" (780 mm.)
Width: 95" (2470 mm.)

Timescale: completed in six weeks from initial discussions

Cost:     Mural £1626

Border £174        Total: £1800

 

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