Antique 19th century Scagliola marble effect composition stone fireplace surround. This unusual fire surround was finished to represent St Anne marble with Rouge marble detailing.
Scagliola is not a paint finish but a thick layer of selenite, glue and natural pigments used to create different marble effects set over composite stone. Because of the thickness of the scagliola, we are able to restore the finish much in the same way we restore our marble fireplaces by sanding and polishing the surface to leave a good mellow sheen to the finished fireplace and remove minor imperfections and wear.
For detailed sizes please see the size diagram in the image gallery. Pictured with an original arched fireplace insert, sold separately.
Wikipedia: Scagliola is a composite substance made from selenite, glue and natural pigments, imitating marble and other hard stones. The material may be veined with colours and applied to a core, or the desired pattern may be carved into a previously prepared scagliola matrix. The pattern’s indentations are then filled with the coloured, plaster-like scagliola composite, and then polished with flax oil for brightness, and wax for protection. The combination of materials and technique provides a complex texture, and richness of colour not available in natural veined marbles.