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LA VEGA BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
LA VEGA BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
SPAIN
Production Date Range:
1525-1575
Defining Attributes:
Light cream to buff paste color, with a soft, chalky clay texture.

Off-white, cream, or grayish-white tin enamel, usually covering both sides of the vessel. The quality of the enamel varies widely among vessels, from thin, irregular and shiny, to thick, matte and smooth.

Designs are painted on the interior of vessels only, in a single shade of blue. Simple, crude floral motifs predominate, most commonly segmented leaves and fronds. Decoration is overall on the vessel, not defined by bands or central medallions.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
ESCUDILLA
PLATO
Comments:
La Vega Blue on White is part of the "Morisco" (Christianized Muslim) ceramic tradition of fifteenth century southwestern Spain, centered around Seville. It has not been widely reported in the Americas outside of the Dominican Republic. It is distinguished from Santo Domingo Blue on White, with which it shares many design elements, by its smaller tableware vessel forms. Santo Domingo Blue on White is most commonly found in heavier-bodied utilitarian vessel forms.
Published Definitions:
Goggin 1968: 130-131; Lister and Lister 1982; Deagan 2002:58