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Sven-Olof Jansson

Hej Ed,

For whatever it’s worth:

The change in dimension of the ornamentation appears to differ from the wood behind. My guess – and it’s really a guess – is that the ornamentations are made out of papier maché. This property of deviating from surrounding wood upon changes in humidity, is apparently used as a means to identify the material.

The attached link directs to a paper that gives some insights on how it is used.

Never seen stucco applied to wood, but perhaps…

Sven-Olof Jansson
London, UK; Boston, MA