This is the door frame & panel I made for the MFA cupboard project. The carvings are based on related examples; the frame carving is essentially a copy of that on the cupboard at the MET in NY.
And while it’s been hanging around my shop, I decided I didn’t like it. So I carved version two – below.
This one has S-scrolls that relate to the lower case in the MFA. Here is a detail of the scrolls I used to arrive at the new pattern.
The addition of the open circles & half-circles shortens the S-scrolls. I like them better that way. The cupboard base also has S-scrolls without the open circles; so either door frame is conceivable; but I lean towards the 2nd one. There will be no Door #3. It’s not Let’s Make a Deal.
A couple of tweaks; I have to decided whether to cut out the background of the full-circles, or cross-hatch them. Also, add some nail-holes-as-a-punch.
Then pillars. Then applied moldings. Then paint. Somewhere in there the pine top boards, soffit, etc. A zillion details, and this is only the upper case. Imagine if I were making the whole thing.