First used in Pompeii, but really took off in Europe during the Renaissance.
The Italian school of faux painting was loose and artistic, while the French, was formal and realistist. True marblizing should be so good that people frequently are unable to distinguish the real from the false. The techniques were perfected by the 17th century and have been used in all style of construction, well into the 20th century.
The art of Marbling reached its apogee between 1845 and 1870. Some of the best examples are found in Buckingham Palace,where the pillars in the Emperors Room, were done to perfection and imitate marble. Most visitors are amazed when told they are faux.
It is a process of layering tinted transparent glaze over a base coat, to create a marble like look. The glaze is manipulated while still wet, to form patterns and textures. Feathers were often used to paint the veins.
About three houses ago, I visited the Missouri Governors Mansion in Jefferson City, Mo. The Double parlor was seperated by 4 floor to ceiling columns, that had been marbled. I was so taken by the look, I came home and wanted some in my own home. After calling several local faux artist and getting bids to have some marblizine done, I soon found that I could not afford it. So being an Artist, I did gradulate with a BSE degee in Art from Missouri Univeristy, I thought, I am going to have to do it myself. I bought a book, and read up on the techniques. I went to the hardware store and bought some paint, glaze and a sea spoonge and I sat down with a piece of real marble ,close by and started out. I have learned through the years and each project seems to get easier and a little better. I think I do the Italian version, as mine is more loose and artistic.
|Dining Room Mantle.Siencse Marble Style, from Italy.|
|Close up detail, Dinning Room Mantle.My Marblizing.|
|Side of Dining Room Mantle and Base Board.|
|Marblizing, I did on Dining Room Mantle.|
|Marblied Base Board in Dining Room in Siencse Italian Marble Style.|
|Entrance Hall Base Board in the style of Tennesse Pink Marble.|
|Powder Room Foor of real Tennessee Pink Marble.|
|Powder Room Floor, off the Entrance Hall base Board.One Real and One Faux.|
|Entrance Hall Base Board with my Marblizing.|
|Close up of Marblizing, Down River Parlor Mantle.|
|Real White Italian Marble, table top, Down River Parlor.|
|Base Board with My Marblizing ,in Down River Parlor.|
|Full View of Down River Parlor Mantle with My Marblizing.|
|Actual White Italian Marble Mantle in Up River Parlor.|
|Top of Gold Gilt Pier Mirror in Up River Parlor with my Marblizing.|
|View of Gold Gilt Pier Mirror Up River Parlor.|
|Coming soon in a future post, Chandeliers of My Old Historic House.|
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