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MEXICO CITY POLYCHROME - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
MEXICO CITY POLYCHROME
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Production Date Range:
1540-1775
Defining Attributes:
Paste is pinkish-tan, untempered and granular.

Background enamel is cream or yellow-tinted, thinly applied and subject to wear, pinholing and crawling.

Designs are painted in washed-out cobalt blue, with motifs including palmettes, loops, fronds, and groups of slanted parallel lines or dashes separated by dots or lobes.

Designs are identical to those of Mexico City Blue on Cream, but with a swipe of orange or yellow paint.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
PLATO
Comments:
Mexico City Polychrome is part of the Mexico City common ware majolica tradition that came into production around 1540. This type is very uncommon.
Published Definitions:
Lister and Lister 1978:16, 1982:28