"Observe that the Ornaments be Bold, and Proportioned to the height of the room; not to make the same mouldings serve for a room of twenty feet high that was modelled for one of ten..." Asher Benjamin 1806
Cornice Molding from Plate 14 of Asher Benjamin's 1797 pattern book, "The Country Builder's Assistant".

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