Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

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Plural: Sgraffiti

A type of decoration executed by covering a surface, as of plaster or enamel, of one color, with a thin coat of a similar material of another color, and then scratching or scoring through the outer coat to show the color beneath.

Sgraffito is Italian for "scratched."

Jozef Slawinski used four layers of colored plaster in his work.

Examples from Buffalo:

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