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DELFTWARE, BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
DELFTWARE, BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
DELFTWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND AND HOLLAND
Production Date Range:
1630-1790
Defining Attributes:
Paste is cream to light buff colored and often chalky-feeling.

Background enamel is white to bluish-white in color, is generally smooth, and tends to have a matte, or low-gloss surface finish. The tin enamel surface is often poorly bonded, and tends to flake off the paste body more readily than majolica or faience.

Designs are painted in blue or cobalt blue, with a very wide variety of styles and motifs, including geometric, floral, landscape, figural, animals and Chinese designs

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
MUG
PLATE
PLATTER
VASE
Comments:
Design motifs and painting techniques on Blue and White Delftware provide chronological indicators, and can also help distinguish delftware from French faience or Spanish majolica. These decoration types and date ranges have been documented by Ellen Shlasko (1989, see also Miller 2002).
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume 1970, 1977; 2001; Shlasko 1989; Black 2001; Miller 2002; http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/Historic_Ceramic_Web_Page