One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Imitation marble or other stone, made of plaster mixed with glue and dyes which is then painted or polished.as modifier ‘scagliola columns’
- ‘First, the house's painted Chinoiserie wallpaper suggested a palette for the scagliola: soft shades of terracotta, green, buff, lilac and dusty blue.’
- ‘The Egyptian dining room had been painted over, but when stripped it revealed a vast expanse of scagliola (18th-century plaster marbling).’
- ‘There were a number of unusual features - the proportion of gilding to porphyry, the use of scagliola, the use of liners, the lack of comparable design: these points largely arise from Petitot's design.’
- ‘Based in Shropshire, and almost entirely self-taught, he is the only craftsman in the UK making figurative scagliola (the taste for crafts runs in the family; his father, Hugh, makes armour for elephants).’
- ‘Neapolitan workshops also produced scagliola, a composition substance that could closely imitate pietre dure decoration.’
- ‘The splendid scagliola columns are repaired and polished to their eighteenth-century condition.’
- ‘The glass reflects the warmth emanating from the cleaned up yellow scagliola wall panels.’
- ‘The execution of these scenes in scagliola is a triumph, but it is scarcely less astonishing than Mr Kennedy's virtuoso inscription around the rim.’
Mid 18th century: from Italian scagliuola, diminutive of scaglia ‘a scale’.
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