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DELFTWARE, PLAIN - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
DELFTWARE, PLAIN
Category:
DELFTWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND AND HOLLAND
Production Date Range:
1640-1800
Defining Attributes:
Paste is cream to light buff-colored and often chalky feeling.

Background enamel is white to bluish-white to very pale blue in color, without decoration. It is generally smooth and even, and tends to have a matte, or low-gloss surface finish, sometimes with pinholing.

The tin enamel is often poorly bonded, and tends to flake off the paste body more readily than Spanish majolica or French faience.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CHAMBER POT
DRUG JAR
PLATE
VASE
Comments:
Undecorated delftware can sometimes be dated by form. Plates (table flatware less than 10" in diameter) were produced in the greatest numbers from about 1680 until 1800. Bottles occurred primarily between 1620 and 1680. Most drug jars were produced in the 17th and 18th centuries, and punch bowls (large and small) were produced in the greatest numbers between 1680 and 1780. See references for more specific information.
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume 1970, 1977; 2001; Shlasko 1989; Black 2001; Miller 2002; http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/Historic_Ceramic_Web_Page