This is the front room of the Paris Apothecary. The Art dept. and Set Dec departments did major research to try and make this as accurate as possible, and yes the alligator was really used. We we found 18th Century etchings that showed the alligators hanging from the ceiling. This was the period of the Enlightenment and people were interested in all things from foreign lands. More photos to come.
Close up detail of the bottom center panel of parlor pilasters. The same detail is at the top of the pilaster and on each side of the center medallion.
I found this image last year on some blog and I just Love it!! Sorry I don’t know the Artist. You might think what the hell does that have to do with Outlander? Well, to keep this blog from getting boring for You and mostly Me, I will be throwing images that move or touch me in some way. But to be truthful I see tons of Symbols, Sacred geometry and Alchemy that we have used in sets through out Outlander. You know which ones I am talking about. I like everyone else in the world find Stunning images on blogs and Tumblr. It’s a great place for inspiration for up and coming Designers!
This is a close up the center detail of the french molding detail on the pilaster. The scenic artist paint it with three or four layers of paint, glazes and tinted rubbing wax. They do a brilliant job!
This is the point of the sets being built when it really all comes together and takes shape!!! It is when the artisans from Construction, Plaster and Paint put their final touches on the set. This photo is a detail of one of the Pilasters with a corinthian column capital. The Pilaster would be built like a tall box in the construction shop. The plaster men would cast the column capitals and the french moldings and apply them to the pilaster. Then the carpenters would add all the different moldings. The crown moldings would be cast and added to the top of the walls. Then scenic artists would do their magic!