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DELFTWARE, POLYCHROME - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
DELFTWARE, POLYCHROME
Category:
DELFTWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND AND HOLLAND
Production Date Range:
1571-1790
Defining Attributes:
Paste is cream to light buff-colored and often chalky feeling

Background enamel surface is white to blueish-white to very pale blue in color. It is generally smooth and even, and tends to have a matte, or low-gloss surface finish, sometimes with pinholing.

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

Designs, including geometric, floral, landscape, figural, animals and Chinese motifs, are painted in blue, green, yellow, black, red, and manganese purple.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
MUG
PLATE
PLATTER
VASE
Comments:
Banding, cross-hatched line and dot, and floral elements are common eighteenth century rim treatments. For information on dating decorative motifs on Delftware see Shlasko (1989) and (Miller 2002).
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume 1970, 1977; 2001; Shlasko 1989; Black 2001; Miller 2002; http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/Historic_Ceramic_Web_Page