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PEARLWARE, PLAIN - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PEARLWARE, PLAIN
Category:
REFINED EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND
Production Date Range:
1780-1840
Defining Attributes:
White to light cream-colored, thin, hard, compact paste.

White to faint bluish white clear lead glaze, caused by the addition of cobalt to the glaze.

Bluish cast where glaze pools.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
PLATE
PLATTER
Comments:
Undecorated pearlware vessels were considerably less common than decorated varieties, and many archaeologically-recovered sherds without decoration were undoubtedly fragments from decorated wares. The paste of pearlware produced after 1810 was heavier and whiter than earlier examples, and had a harder lead glaze, varying in color from almost clear to deeply bluish tinted.
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume, 1969, South 1977, Miller 1991, Sussman 2000a