The history of pargeting


Pargeting is the traditional English trade of freehand modelling in lime plaster. It is most frequently seen in East Anglia, decorating the outside of houses.


Stucco is the Italian word for the same set of techniques, used most frequently on ceilings and overmantels in the houses of gentlemen who commissioned it when they were on the Grand Tour


Henry VIII introduced the skills to England when he invited Italian stuccoists to decorate the outside of Nonsuch Palace. Nonsuch is sadly long gone - Barbara Castlemaine sold it for scrap - but some fragments of the parget remain in the Museum of London