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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