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PEARLWARE, HAND PAINTED POLYCHROME, LATE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PEARLWARE, HAND PAINTED POLYCHROME, LATE
Category:
REFINED EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND
Production Date Range:
1830-1840
Defining Attributes:
White to light cream-colored, thin, hard refined earthenware paste.

White to faint bluish white clear lead glaze, caused by the addition of cobalt to the glaze. There is a bluish cast where the glaze pools.

Hand painted floral designs, initially in brown, mustard, yellow and olive green, and, after 1830, pinkish-red, black, light blue, and light green shades were added to the palette.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
PLATTER
SAUCER
Comments:
This type was popular among the poorer classes. The paste of pearlware produced after 1810 is heavier and whiter with a harder glaze that may vary in color from almost clear to deeply bluish tinted.
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume 1969, South 1977, Miller 1991