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PUEBLA POLYCHROME - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PUEBLA POLYCHROME
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
PUEBLA , MEXICO
Production Date Range:
1650-1725
Defining Attributes:
Creamy white to pale peach or buff paste. Sherds rarely have red-orange or terra cotta paste, although this is know to occur.

Even, reflective off-white to white background enamel, with designs typically painted in cobalt or dark blue and black. Yellow, green and orange paint have also been reported.

Decorations consist of scrolls, lobes, curves, or linear motifs painted in blue or occasionally other colors.

Black is painted over the white background bordering blue decorations and in lace-like and dot designs. The black can appear mottled and faded to a golden brown color.

Blue designs are often slightly raised on the vessels.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
BRIMMED PLATO
LEBRILLO
POCILLO
TAZA
TILE
Comments:
Puebla Polychrome majolica varies widely in the quality of its decoration, from sloppy to very fine and precise. The black line designs are thought to have been derived from Talaveran majolicas, which also exhibit lace-like patterns. Although blue is by far the most common color for decoration, emerald green, orange, and yellow paint are occasionally used. Background color is typically off-white or cream in color, however a few examples have a pale yellow background enamel. Orange or dark yellow bands are also known to occur on Puebla polychrome, however these are rare.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 2002; Goggin 1968; Lister and Lister 1974