Florida Museum of Natural History
Florida Museum of Natural History Historical Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History
MONTELUPO BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


Image of Front
Type Name:
MONTELUPO BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
ITALY
Production Date Range:
1500-1550
Defining Attributes:
Cream-colored chalky paste, with relatively thick, heavy vessel walls.

Background enamel is thick and off-white, often with a pinkish cast, and has a low-gloss surface.

Designs are painted in strong blue, and include thin lines, bands of delicate scroll elements and leaf or floral motifs. Reverse of vessels often have two or more encircling lines below the rim.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
BRIMMED PLATO
Comments:
Montelupo majolicas are distinguished from the slightly later Ligurian Italian wares by the off-white, low gloss background enamel, their thicker and slightly heavier vessel walls, and by their simpler designs. To date they have only been reported in the Americas from Mexico City.
Published Definitions:
Lister and Lister 1982: 72, Deagan 2002: 69