Courses / Faux Marble

The flow and drift of the strata and the colorful aggregate of foreign matter caught in metamorphic change are ingeniously captured in a painted fantasy named faux marble. The craftsman, working in wet floats, lays the colors on a flat surface and induces them to flow creating an impression of the natural stone.

Architectural Marble
Wherever architectural structure prohibits the use of actual marble, faux marble provides an excellent solution. The vaulted ceilings, dados and curved niches of thereat palaces of France and Italy (Versailles, Fountainbleau and the Borghese Palace) offer spectacular examples. Working on a vertical surface and using a dry ground, the artisan sparingly applies layers of color. The veining, which adds interest and detail, completes the tromp l'oeil effect.

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