Sunday, June 19, 2011


Stuckmarmor is the German version of what many know as scagliola. Stuckmarmor is a mixture of plaster, pigment and ingenuity.

Look familiar? This starts just like scagliola, a very hands on procedure mixing in the pigments with the plaster.

Colors are blended and then shaped into loaves or  balls and can be mixed to make the imitation of veins in marbles. This photo shows a restoration of a profile at the base of a column. The stuckmarmor is applied to the damaged area, filling in and giving the illusion of marble.

What starts out as this....

Turns into this when different clumps of color are mixed, sliced thin and polished to perfection.

My friend Gina of Art and Alfalfa did a wonderful blog post on stuckmarmor.
She shows the complete process and some wonderfully detailed columns.

Photo from Art and Alfalfa

So, whatever, you call it, Stuckmarmor or scagliola, many cultures have embraced the art of plasterwork and elevated it to the wonderful art form.


Karena said...

Theresa your post are so fascinating and often educational.

I have several great books on faux marble/ granite finishes and restoration I will check Gina's tutorial.

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Gina said...

Hi Theresa, Great article, great pictures and thank you for including me.

MyFavoriteFrenchAntiques said...

Theresa, Once again a beautiful lesson on art. Amazing!

Have you thought about adding info to wikipedia?? They could use more info with an eye for beauty.

steve shriver said...

Nice one Theresa!
For some more good photos of the process you can go to Atelier Mahr's Flickr page
I learned a lot just by looking at their pictures.

Theresa Cheek said...

Steve, what would we do without you? Thanks for adding to this. You always have the best sources!

Annabel Armstrong said...

Some of the best Stuckmarmor I've ever seen was in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum. It's such a beautiful interior that it was difficult to remember that I was there to look at the art.

Theresa Cheek said...

Hey Annabel! I don't know of anything in Vienna that is not beautiful. I wish I could see the museum!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Thanks for introducing me to this, Theresa — I wasn't at all familiar with the technique! Now maybe I can get that malachite wall I've been wanting! Mark

Parisbreakfasts said...

Having contact with scagliolo material for 8+ years at Kremer Pigments yet I've never seen the process upclose. Surely this is not so easy to do..

ceecee said...

Reminds me so much of that delicious Italian taffy. Eye candy for sure. Having a good summer, I hope.

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