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SAN AGUSTIN BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
SAN AGUSTIN BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
PUEBLA , MEXICO
Production Date Range:
1700-1750
Defining Attributes:
Compact creamy white to pale peach or buff paste.

A background enamel that is finer than the other Puebla majolicas chalky white in color, smooth, and glossy.

Designs are usually painted in two colors of blue, a dark, rich cobalt blue and a light, pale blue

Designs are intricate and generally cover the entire surface of the vessel. Motifs and include floral and geometric designs, and occasional anthropomorphic or zoomorphic motifs.

the reverses of vessels are usually decorated with a series of overlapping blue arcs.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
BRIMMED PLATO
JAR
Comments:
San Agustin Blue on White is a fino (fine grade) majolica within the Puebla tradition, and overlaps with the fino Puebla Blue on White examples identified by Florence and Robert Lister. It is distinguished from Puebla Blue on White by its white (rather than off-white or cream-colored) background, its dark cobalt blue paint; and itís complex design layouts. The lobe designs typical of Puebla Blue on White are less common on San Agustin Blue on White.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 1987; Goggin 1968