A synthetic, molded stone prepared to imitate the appearance of Marble. One type of artificial marble, called Marbelite, is made by heating potassium alum in water then adding 10% heavy spar and marble dust (Brady 1971). Another type of artificial marble, called Exsilite, is made by fusing grains of Silica and pigments to form a slab that simulates Onyx marble. Made from Keene's cement, marezzo marble is also prepared to look like marble.
Synonyms and Related Terms
imitation marble; Marbelite; Exsilite; mármol artificial (Esp.); künstlicher Marmor (Deut.)
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 500
- Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online, http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/aat/, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2000