Saturday, January 15, 2011


   Marblizing or Faux  Marbling, is the preperation  and finishing of a surface ,to imitate the appearance ,of polished marble. Faux marbling is a special case of faux painting ,used to create the distinctive and varied patterns of marble,the most imitated stone.
  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.
  In this post I will share with you the projects that I have done at My Old Historic House. The Dining Room mantle and baseboards, Down River Parlor Mantle and baseboards, The baseboard in the Entrance Hall and the top of a large gold gilt Pier Table in the Up River Parlor. I have also added some photos of the mantle in the Up River Parlor, which is the real thing,  so you can compare the real one to the Faux.
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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Richard do you take paypal?? I want that wedding dome on your esty shop...Please let me know..
Now I love all your marble effects you did an awesome job on everything...I can tell all the hard work and love you gave to all the details here WOW!! Your home is to die 4...Thanks again and et me know on the dome..Hugs and smiles Gloria...I will buy it today..

Richard Cottrell said...

Divine Theather, if you see this, email me as I have information on the raymond Waites Cherub Wallpaper Boarder you asked about. I could not figure out how to leave a comment on your blog. Richard

Divine Theatre said...

Dear Richard,

I have decided we are going to trade houses.



andrew1860 said...

Hi Richard great work. Just like you I taught my self how to marbleize! I working on baseboards in my parlor painting them to look like Black Egyptian black & gold marble.

lvroftiques said...

Richard you did a beautiful job! I assumed that all the fire surrounds were actually marble. It seemed appropriate with the age of the house. Who knew! I NEED to teach myself. I'd love to try this on my ugly counter tops until I get my real marble *winks* Vanna