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The "scagliola" technique which implies the use of materials such as plaster, natural glues, coloured soil, has always been used in works related to the field of building thanks to its ductility and plasticity.
As a form of art, it originated in the Tirol area and in Bavaria, but it is in Italy, particularly in Carpi (Emilia Romagna), that it acquired a more specific style. Scagliola can also be considered as a sort of imitation of marble intarsia, although it is not so expensive. The Emilia Romagna Appennino mountains are rich in plaster minerals but not in precious marbles.
Nevertheless, the results obtained were so impressive that many churches and rich families wanted to have altar reredos, tables, small pictures done in this technique. Several comparisons could be made with wooden tarsia works since the two forms of art are very similar. Around 1600, several panels and tables were realised in the the Tirol and Germany, the Reiche Kapelle in Munich is an example. In Italy, it was Guido Fassi who started doing a few works for churches in Carpi. Only at the end of XVII century, was there an artistic development thanks to Gibertoni and Grifoni. Further scagliola works were carried out in the Marche, Lombardy and Tuscany regions.
In the XVIII century Tuscany hosted a group of scagliola workers around the figure of the vallombrosano monk, Abbot Hugford. Therefore, while in Emilia Romagna, the clients for scagliola works became fewer and fewer, in Tuscany many works were done also in order to satisfy the requests by French and, especially, English travellers, who came to Italy for their Grand Tours. The success of Tuscan scagliola workers is also explained with the protection that the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo granted them. After a period of time during which the use of the scagliola technique in furnishings and decorations was almost forgotten, it a was E. Martelli who gave birth to a new revival of this form of art.
The decorative works done in our premises today, are done according to the oldest and most special scagliola techniques. Our table tops, small pictures and wall panels reflect the young craftsmen's passion for this centuries-old form of art which they learn following the guidance of expert masters.