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’
- ‘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).’
- ‘The splendid scagliola columns are repaired and polished to their eighteenth-century condition.’
- ‘The Egyptian dining room had been painted over, but when stripped it revealed a vast expanse of scagliola (18th-century plaster marbling).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The glass reflects the warmth emanating from the cleaned up yellow scagliola wall panels.’
- ‘Neapolitan workshops also produced scagliola, a composition substance that could closely imitate pietre dure decoration.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘First, the house's painted Chinoiserie wallpaper suggested a palette for the scagliola: soft shades of terracotta, green, buff, lilac and dusty blue.’
Mid 18th century: from Italian scagliuola, diminutive of scaglia ‘a scale’.
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