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LIGURIAN BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
LIGURIAN BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
ITALY
Production Date Range:
1550-1600
Defining Attributes:
Light cream-colored, compact paste with little evident temper. Vessel walls are thin and light.

White or blue-white background enamel, with designs painted in dark cobalt blue. The background enamel may be quite glossy.

Design motifs are precise, intricate and carefully executed. They include floral, leaf, vine, scroll, and arabesque combinations, as well as portraits and scenic elements.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
BRIMMED PLATO
Comments:
Ligurian Blue on White differs from its companion type, Ligurian Blue on Blue, only in the color of the background enamel. Lister and Lister (1982: 74) speculated that the type may actually be Ligurian Blue on Blue, on which the background color was weakened to near-white during firing.
Published Definitions:
Lister and Lister 1982: 74