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PEARLWARE, SPONGED OR SPATTERED - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PEARLWARE, SPONGED OR SPATTERED
Category:
REFINED EARTHENWARE
Production Origin:
ENGLAND
Production Date Range:
1770-1830
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.

Decoration combines simple painted designs such as peafowl and floral elements with areas of sponge-applied or powdered-applied paint, usually in blue.

Vessel Forms:
PLATE
Comments:
Powder applied paint is referred to as "spattered", and sponge-applied paint is referred to as "sponged". After 1840, decoration was applied exclusively with sponges, cut into desired shapes, and without accompanying painting. This cut-sponge décor, however, appears primarily on Whiteware.
Published Definitions:
Noel Hume 1969; South 1977