Faux Marble is a specialist decorative paint effect that simulates the look of marbles and semi-precious stones. Faux marble, like the real thing, conveys formality, grandeur, solidity and opulence. As such it is often found in museums, banks, state offices, prestige hotels and stately homes.
Of course, faux marble effects are frequently used to reduce costs when creating marble columns, plinths, inset panels and much else. An expert decorative artist can recreate the most of expensive of marbles, indeed even those that are no longer available (quarried out) at a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
In the private home, faux marble can be used on fireplace surrounds, staircases, hallways and bathrooms. It can even be used to add opulence and character to furniture, e.g. tables, mantles and counter tops.
Faux marble as a decorative technique was reinvented during the Renaissance deploying methods and techniques used by the fine artists. Layers of paint and glaze in realistic stone colours are applied with a variety of different brushes to create the background. Then veined lines are added to recreate the natural look. The technique reached a peak during the nineteenth century with many fine examples by Thomas Kershaw on show at the Victoria & Albert museum.
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