When Alexander & I studied the carvings from William Savell, Sr and his sons many years ago, we went into great detail in our examinations…I wondered if the original carvers even looked as hard at this stuff. One of our favorite areas of scrutiny was the “spandrel” – the 3-sided area just outside the arches on the carved panels. If you have seen the other posts concerning these carvers, here is some real excruciating detail. For fanatics only.
This first one is the work of William, Sr, first the entire panel, then the detail of the spandrel.
Even obscured by various later finishes, you can see that he gets a lot of detail into a small area. There’s V-tool work outlining the shape, then some modelling & shaping of the surface, then some accent work with a gouge.
His son John used a similar motif, but executed it without any shaping or V-tool work. It’s just chopped with a gouge.
So as the rest of this exercise goes, so goes this part – young son William has a slightly more casual approach to this carving, and his spandrels are the weakest showing he’s got:
Here’s links to the other posts about the Savell carvings. In the future, I’ll try to get out some photos of the construction.