[skrah-fee-toh; Italian zgrahf-fee-taw]
- a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color.
- an object, especially pottery, decorated by this technique.
Origin of sgraffito
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The roof and part of the walls are decorated with sgraffito work.A History of Giggleswick School
Edward Allen Bell
Finally, the limitations of sgraffito as a method of expression are the same as those of all incised or line work.
Sgraffito work may claim a special aptitude for design whose centre of aim is line.
The sgraffito pottery is a red earthenware, coated with a white slip through which designs have been incised.
Worth Bailey, then museum technician at Jamestown, was the first to recognize the source of the sgraffito ware as “Devonshire.”
- a technique in mural or ceramic decoration in which the top layer of glaze, plaster, etc, is incised with a design to reveal parts of the ground
- such a decoration
- an object decorated in such a way
C18: from Italian, from sgraffire to scratch; see graffiti
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