Last edited 29 Jun 2021

Broken pediment


This broken pediment was placed over the doorway of the former telephone exchange in Cromer. It is decorated with the Royal coat of arms of George V.

Gardner’s Art Through the Ages (eighth edition) was published in 1986. It was published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and written by Horst de la Croix and Richard G. Tansey.

It defines broken pediment as: A pediment in which the cornice is discontinuous at the apex or the base.

More specifically, a broken pediment has an opening at the apex, while an open pediment is the term for an opening at the base.

One distinctive version of a broken pediment is a swan’s neck pediment, so called for the double “S” shaped figures on either side that mimic the appearance of a swan’s neck.

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