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HARD PASTE MAJOLICA - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
HARD PASTE MAJOLICA
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
UNKNOWN
Production Date Range:
1650-1750
Defining Attributes:
Hard, compact paste, usually buff to light brown in color.

Off-white background enamel, frequently showing bubbles as a result of being fired at a very high heat. Surface usually has a matte or very low gloss finish. Bowls, jars and basins are glazed on the interior only, plates are glazed on both sides.

Painted designs are typically in blue, although dark brown or blue-green elements can also occur. The painting is thin and diffused and often appears washed out.

Decorative motifs include stylized floral designs, palmettes, lobes, diagonal lines, and random curves and splotches

Vessel Forms:
BASIN
BOWL
JAR
PLATE
Comments:
Hard Paste Majolica has only been from the Convento de San Francisco, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The type was noted by John Goggin in his field notes, and formally described by Council (1975). Although its paste is compact and hard (4.0-5.0 on the Moh scale), this majolica variety has uniformly poor glaze and paint quality, and was suggested represent firing seconds, or possibly local production. No majolica-producing kiln sites, however, have yet been found in Hispaniola,
Published Definitions:
Council 1975