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 Scagliola is made using crushed gypsum rock (plaster) mixed with pure pigments to achieve brilliant and limitless colours, chips of marble or other stone can be added, to vary the effect. Glues can also be added for extra strength. When the mixture has hardened it is polished like marble, to achieve a high degree of shine. Colours can be inlaid in the surface to replicate pietra dura and there are also antique landscape and portrait 'paintings' in scagliola.
  Although the history of scagliola may date back as far as ancient Egypt and Rome, it's birthplace seems to be renaissance Italy. By the end of the 14th century the use of scagliola had spread from Capri to the rest of Italy and later it was widely used throughout Europe, particularly within the Holy Roman Empire. Scagliola decoration became very popular from the 17th century onwards, and was used until the late 19th century until it fell out of favour. Recently there has been a revival, with many craftsmen now producing scagliola.
  We have specialized in making inlaid scagliola, table tops and panels for cabinets and walls, most of which have been traditional in design, however we have also made contemporary pieces which are very unusual and effective.


inlaid scagliola panel bird in a pear tree
one of a pair of inlaid scagliola panels we made to imitate pietra dura (hard stone)

inlaid scagliola pillaster panels
Part of a series of inlaid scagliola pillasters made for a private house
close up of inlaid scagliola pillaster panels 

Scagliola pedestals
Scagliola pedestals

Ingredients for making scagliola: pigments and plaster

Ingredients for making scagliola: pigments and plaster