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Meoded Venetian Plaster Art History

By Terry Akins

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Plaster is truly one of the most sturdy and eco-friendly decorative finishes with roots that date back to the 14th century in England. The term the English used for decorative plaster work was a technique called, "pargeting". A form of modeled ornament executed with lime putty and mixtures of lime and gypsum plaster.

This ancient and beautiful art form provides not only a practical investment for the longevity of plaster finishes, but also an aesthetic choice that is superior to paint. An example of the work we see by plaster artisans who use our products is stunning, like this room created with Meoded Stucco Lamundo:

During the 15th century, Venetian workers invented "Marmarino" plaster found in ancient Rome and the villages of Pompeii. The plaster was composed of terra-cotta scraps and leftover stone and marble, which were in great abundance at that time. These ground discards were mixed with lime to create long lasting marmorino plaster. 

During the 16th century "scagliola" was invented by workers in Brussels, lending itself to the highly polished marble finish plaster work found in todays high-end homes and businesses.

Meoded works with specialty finish artisans and designers across the globe introducing our affordable high quality US manufactured products. Visit Meoded Paint and Plaster

Published on Mar 21, 2016

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