Coffered Marquetry Ceiling

The client originally purchased these panels in Italy and some were previously installed in another residence.  Converting a room in the house to a Dining Room, the client wanted to use the marquetry panels for a ceiling.  We designed the supporting framework and trim to accommodate two different size panels, 8 measured 31 by 31 inches and the other 16 panels measured 30 by 30 inches.  The difference is hidden by the ogee molding on the trim.  The cockbeading finishes off the trim and covers the unfinished ends of the beam panels.  Wooden pendants at the intersections conceal all but joints giving it a cleaner finish.

 

Panels attached to ceiling and constructing beams

We started by laying out the grid on the ceiling using a chalk line and attached the panels through previous screw holes to the drywall ceiling using metal screw anchors.  The flake board is used to space the 2 " wide drops and is oriented to fasten to the ceiling joists.  The drops are cut to fit in between the beams

The first finished corner

 

This picture shows one finished corner with the ogee molding mitered around the frame and the cock beading mitered around the bottom of the drop.  Note the gold paint applied to the insides of the drops.  After looking at the moldings in place, it looked like a solid piece of wood, so the gold paint was added and the reveal is now apparent.  The pendants hanging down are at every intersection.

When it came time to fill in 3 half panels on one part of the ceiling we were going to use plain wooden panels and the client suggested using the two remaining marquetry panels instead.  One of the panels had a hole for an electrical fixture in the center, so I wasn't opposed to cutting them in half.  Cutting the full panel was another matter, but they are new made, so there wasn't a problem of destroying history.

Measure Twice

Needless to say I measured twice and cut once on this rip.

 

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