Mayfair Balustrade

 

A slender version of an original design by John Adams, circa 1790, this baluster was forged and fire-welded, in the traditional manner, with cast bronze rosettes riveted on. The staircase, to which the balustrade was side-fixed, wound round a central well, through 3 floors, with half landings, involving a complex set of ramps and wreaths, which had to be formed, first, in the core rail and then in the decorative capping rail, to fit, exactly, on top. The ironwork was burnished and lacquered, rosettes and leaves, or “larks tongues”, then gilded.