Nonsuch Palace

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

During the latter part of the sixteenth century, and throughout the seventeenth century, there was scarcely a house of any import in England which had not its rooms adorned with modelled plaster work—not merely the ceilings, but frequently the wall space and over the mantelpiece. Above all rose Nonsuch Palace, so called because it was claimed there was no such palace elsewhere equal to its magnificence.

A woodcut of Nonsuch Palace.

This magnificent palace of plastic art, which introduced decorative modelled stucco work into England, was begun about 1527, and although the embellishment of this sumptuous palace was the hobby of the last ten years of King Henry’s life, it was not finished until after his death. It stood from 1538 to 1683. Unfortunately, no relic and limited records of Nonsuch remain.

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