|Trade magazines often featured stencil designs like these fora "proper upscale artistic ceiling",|
|Beyond mere painting, this ceiling rises to artform|
Tens of thousands of homes were artfully stencilled during the Victorian era yet so few exist today. Or, as in the case of our home, hidden from view. Since Milkpaint was the prefferred choice of the stencil artisan, unless it had been shellaced or a lowered ceiling put in ( often with courthouses or government buildings) finding them is rare indeed though there are still some out there.
|These elaborate stencils are almost gone now, as is the Endangered house they sit in in Missouri, The only records will be the photos I, and other preservationists took, almost a decade ago.|