"The Orders of Architecture, as has been observed, are the basis upon which the whole Decorative Part of the Art is chiefly built, and towards which the attention of the Artist must ever be directed, even where no orders are introduced." William Chambers 1791
Cornice Molding from Plate 14 of Asher Benjamin's 1797 pattern book, "The Country Builder's Assistant".

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