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Composition, Compo, Pine & Gesso

Robert Adams popularised the use of composition or compo in the late 18th century, as a means of achieve fine detail. It is cast hard putty, which provided decorative elements without the need for woodcarving. These can be added to timber or plasterwork for fireplaces, architraves, picture frames, etc. It is sometimes described as pine and gesso, even though gesso is a different material.

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Companies supplying goods or services for Composition, Compo, Pine & Gesso
George Jackson Limited
Unit 19, Kimpton Park Way, Kimpton Industrial Estate, Sutton, SM3 9BW
Tel 020 8687 9740
George Jackson are leaders in the design, manufacture and installation of specialist plasterwork, producing beautiful embellishments in fibrous plaster, composition, GRG and jesmonite, on both refurbishment and new-build projects. Started around 1780, we are recognised for introducing fibrous plaster into the UK. Known for our craftmanship and expertise in the field of interior decoration (including four royal warrants), we produce a wide range of precast plaster decorations and maintain our exclusive range of over 11000 boxwood moulds used for decorative composition and traditional plaster moulds as well as our extensive library, dating back to the age of Robert Adam.