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SANTO DOMINGO BLUE ON WHITE - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
SANTO DOMINGO BLUE ON WHITE
Category:
MAJOLICA
Production Origin:
SPAIN, probably Seville
Production Date Range:
1550-1630
Defining Attributes:
Light cream to buff paste color, with a soft, chalky clay texture. Occasionally pink. Paste is the same as that of Columbia Plain.

Off-white, cream, or grayish-white tin enamel, usually covering both sides of the vessel. The quality of the enamel varies widely among vessels, from thin, irregular and shiny, to thick, matte and smooth.

Exterior surface decorated with blue, hand-painted, broadly stylistic floral designs that cover much of the vessel. A central medallion design is often present, surrounded by floral and curvilinear elements.

Design motifs include dots, lobes, and framing and wavy lines. Everted bowl rims often have a blue dash design.

Vessels are typically large and heavy-bodied, sometimes with narrow ridges.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
JAR
PITCHER
PLATO
Comments:
Santo Domingo Blue on White is part of the 15th-16th century Sevillian “Morisco” majolica tradition, representing a largely utilitarian aspect.
Published Definitions:
Deagan 1987; Fairbanks 1973; Goggin 1968; Lister and Lister 1982