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CATALONIA BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
CATALONIA BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
CATALONIA, SPAIN
Production Date Range:
1760-1820
Defining Attributes:
Cream to tan-colored coarse paste with light sand temper.

Off-white background enamel which covers the entire vessel.

Design elements include a well-defined central element, surrounded by decoration around the marly. Rims have two narrow blue bands just below the lip of the vessel, from which pendant designs in the form of short graduated lines are clustered.

At least five design categories have been noted, including vertical panels containing stylized cherry-like elements, garlands, festoons or floral clusters on the marli, and various rim treatments made up of short straight lines and floral elements.

Vessel Forms:
PLATO
Comments:
Catalonia blue-on-white majolica was influenced by Italian majolica, French faience, and Dutch delftware. In this respect it resembles eighteenth century Talaveran majolica. All of the various design configurations date to the last quarter of the eighteenth century, however the marly panels and cherries are thought to appear occur closer to the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 2002; Batllori Munne and Llubia Munne 1949; Solis 1988