"It is not always that such Variety can be introduced into the design of any building but where it can be attained without encroaching upon its useful purposes, it adds much to its merit, as an Object of Beauty and Grandeur" Robert Adam 1778
Cornice Molding from Plate 14 of Asher Benjamin's 1797 pattern book, "The Country Builder's Assistant".

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