Trompe L'oeil

Trompe l'oeil means simply to 'deceive the eye'. Panels, mouldings and architectural elements are painted, often in monochrome, onto flat walls and ceilings, to create the illusion of rich plaster relief. Elaborate schemes can be rendered to incorporate vistas, real or imaginary, through open doors, windows or latticed ceilings, or from ballustraded terraces across romantic, classical landscapes. 'Deceiving' the eye requires a thorough understanding of light and shadow as well as linear and aerial perspective. The art of trompe l'oeil is understandably prized among Clough Harris's team of craftsmen as it is one of the most difficult skills to master.

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