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sgraf·fi·to

 (skră-fē′tō, zgrä-)
n. pl. sgraf·fi·ti (-tē)
1. Decoration produced (on pottery or ceramic, for example) by scratching through a surface layer to reveal a different color underneath.
2. Something, such as pottery, decorated in this manner.

[Italian, past participle of sgraffire, to scratch, from sgraffio, a scratch, from sgraffiare, to scratch, from Old Italian : s-, intensive pref.; see sforzando + graffiare, to scratch; see graffito.]
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sgraffito

(sɡræˈfiːtəʊ)
n, pl -ti (-tɪ)
1. (Art Terms) 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
2. (Art Terms) such a decoration
3. (Art Terms) an object decorated in such a way
[C18: from Italian, from sgraffire to scratch; see graffiti]
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sgraf•fi•to

(skrɑˈfi toʊ; It. zgrɑfˈfi tɔ)

n., pl. -ti (-tē).
1. a technique of ornamentation in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is incised to reveal a ground of contrasting color.
2. an object, esp. pottery, decorated by this technique. Compare graffito.
[1720–30; < Italian, past participle of sgraffire to do sgraffito work; see ex1, graffito]
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sgraffito

Ceramic decoration in which the topmost layer (glaze, plaster, etc) is carved with a design to reveal selected areas of the ground.
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Noun1.sgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the groundsgraffito - a ceramic or mural decoration made by scratching off a surface layer to reveal the ground
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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nSgraffito nt
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What Pius's loans might have supported was the modernizing addition of cornice work and probably architectural sgraffiti over an application of stucco to conceal the rough nature of the underlying fabric.
(56) Imposed upon the fabric of old Corsignano were the surface signifiers of the new Pienza: cornice strips and architectural sgraffiti. These applied features served to harmonize the old quarters of the town with the new structures of the monumental center.
Even though many buildings in the area were destroyed during the Thirty Years War, which ended in 1648 (see sidebar), sgraffiti experienced a revival in the 17th and 18th centuries, when Italian master craftsmen travelled through the Engadine in search of work.
Delicate, Italian-influenced sgraffiti carvings adorn most of the houses, which favor bright flowers planted so that they appear to be spilling out of the windows.