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.
- ‘The Egyptian dining room had been painted over, but when stripped it revealed a vast expanse of scagliola (18th-century plaster marbling).’
- ‘Neapolitan workshops also produced scagliola, a composition substance that could closely imitate pietre dure decoration.’
- ‘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 execution of these scenes in scagliola is a triumph, but it is scarcely less astonishing than Mr Kennedy's virtuoso inscription around the rim.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The glass reflects the warmth emanating from the cleaned up yellow scagliola wall panels.’
Mid 18th century: from Italian scagliuola, diminutive of scaglia ‘a scale’.
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