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ABOUT THE LONDON MARBLE COMPANY

At The London Marble Company we manufacture and supply the highest quality marble dining tables, marble coffee tables, marble lamp tables, marble console tables and marble hall tables to both UK consumers and UK based businesses, including many hotels, restaurants and interior designers.

Many of our table designs are exclusive to our website and are made from reproduction and engineered marble, using the latest manufacturing technology to create a composite marble material that has all of the benefits of natural marble but non of the flaws.

The About Us section of our website is designed to give you a brief overview of the company and it’s values, however should you require any further information prior to purchasing your table from us please get in touch with us via our contact page.

The London Marble Company builds upon a tradition of design and manufacturing excellence in faux marble, engineered marble and reproduction marble dining furniture, enabling us to provide clients across the United Kingdom with a comprehensive and innovative range of  dining and occasional furniture. Our current collections now include marble dining tables, marble coffee tables, marble hall tables and marble lamp tables.

OUR VALUES

Our mission is to make the elegance and functionality of reproduction marble furniture affordable to all.

We aim to reach this goal with a faith and belief in high standards of production and service, as they always prevail.

Our traditions continue to this day and ensure that faux marble furniture design encompasses both functionality and beauty at all times.

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OUR COMPANY

The London Marble Company is part of Mark Harris Furniture Limited, one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers of innovative furniture products.

With a growing audience of over 5,000 customers for our specialist marble furniture products The London Marble Company leads the marketplace for specialist marble dining furniture.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF FAUX MARBLING

Marbleizing or faux marbling is the preparation and finishing of a surface to imitate the appearance of polished marble. It is typically used in buildings where the cost or weight of genuine marble would be prohibitive or in the manufacture of large furniture pieces such as dining tables. Faux marbling is a special case of faux painting used to create the distinctive and varied patterns of marble – the most imitated stone by far.

Faux stone painting was widely used in Pompeii, but it really took off in Europe during the Renaissance with two schools of faux painting developing. The Italian school was loose and artistic, the French school was formal and realistic. It typically took an apprentice ten years or more to fully master the art. The sophistication of the techniques are such that visitors are frequently unable to distinguish between false and real marble in many churches, palaces and public buildings in Europe. The techniques were perfected by the 17th century and have been used in all styles of construction and furniture design well into the 20th century, including Baroque, palladian, neoclassical and historical revival styles as well as Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings. Craftsmen who are able to replicate this work are still available, as evidenced, for example, by the extensive restorations of faux marble surfaces in important Eastern Europe buildings since 1990.

The art of marbling and graining reached its apogee in Britain between 1845 and 1870, and during this period the acknowledged master was Thomas Kershaw. Kershaw was born in Standish, Lancashire England in April in 1819. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to Mr. John Platt of Bolton who was paid the sum of Twenty Three Pounds by Kershaw’s father in order that his son could be instructed in the craft of house painting. He worked ten hours a day and six days a week. He completed his apprenticeship at the age of twenty one.

He achieved international fame, winning a number of the most prestigious awards at the major exhibitions of the age; The Great Exhibition, London, 1851 – a first prize medal; Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1855 – a first class medal; London Exhibition, 1862 – first prize.

His work was so good that it was often considered to be indiscernible from the original. He undertook work in many large, houses, mansions and stately homes throughout England and Wales and once declined an offer from the Russian Ambassador to imitate marbles on the interior of the Imperial Palace in St Petersburg. In 1858 he produced one of his important works in the Emperor’s Room in Buckingham Palace where all the pillars were finished in imitation marble.

In modern times, William Holgate (1931-2002) from Clitheroe, Lancashire, was possibly the finest grainer & marbler in the world since Thomas Kershaw held the title 150 years ago. His achievements include the prestigious award known as the ‘Freedom of the City and Guilds of London’ and he was very proud to be made ‘A Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers of Trinity Lane, London,’ on March 14, 1995. He was also given the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 2001 Paris Salon. His apprentice and protégé, Andrew Johnstone continues his tradition.

Other techniques for producing faux marble include Scagliola, a costly process which involves the use of specially pigmented plasters, and terrazzo, for flooring, in which marble chips are embedded in cement, then ground and polished to expose the marble aggregate. Some professional faux finishers are very skilled and will use a variety of techniques to reproduce the colours, veining and lustre of real marble or other building materials.

The London Marble Company takes this history of faux marbling techniques and methods through to the 21st Century with the advent of engineered marble. Our engineered marble products combine the beauty of natural marble and stone and the removal of it’s natural flaws. Engineered marble meets the requirements of today’s fast paced and harsh modern lifestyles, making it a durable product for both living and dining areas.

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A HERITAGE YOU CAN TRUST

The London Marble Company is part of Mark Harris Furniture, one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers of innovative designer furniture products.

A BRAND WITH LOYALTY

With over 5,000 served and satisfied customers, you can be confident that you’re dealing with a business that you can trust at The London Marble Company.