The use of painted decorations, such as wood graining and faux marble and other such 'faux' effects and decorative finishes to create the illusion of reality, has been around since antiquity.  Herculaneum and Pompeii present vestiges with these 'faux' effects that were a proclamation of a real or desired social status.  Today, the painted decorations and other such 'faux' effects of wood graining and marbling are much more accessible and bring an economical and ecological solution to the decoratif needs of a specific ensemble. 




See a short video on the restoration of an 18th century altar.





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