Gypsum Ceiling Medallions
Gypsum ceiling medallion is an ornamental decorative feature, usually round in shape, that is used to dress up a ceiling. They were very popular features in middle- and upper-class homes in the 19th century, especially in Victorian-style homes. In those days, the medallions were made of wood, plaster, plaster of Paris, or papier-mâché, though papier-mâché was the most common material. The styles were usually based on leaf or flower designs, although sometimes the medallions were simple plain discs.