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Marbling, or Faux Marbre is the art of imitating marble using paint glazes and washes; a technique popular since at least Roman times. There are a number of advantages to marbling. Firstly, it is and has always been, a much less expensive alternative to real marble. Secondly, it's versatility means that the painter can match precisely, where necessary, existing marble or adjust his colouring to compliment a particular decorative scheme. Finally, many beautiful marbles such as Broccatello, Breccia Dorata and Giallo di Siena, were exhausted in antiquity, so can therefore be brought back to life by the skilled craftsman.

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