Maiolica - (Ceramics Pottery Earthenware Italy)

Maiolica - (Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware, Italy) Earthenware with a tin-enamel glaze as made in Italy in the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The sixteenth century was the great age of maiolica. The name is said to derive from the island of Majorca, whence Spanish lustre-ware was exported to Italy. Painted decoration consisted mainly of cobalt blue, yellow, purple, green and iron red, together with combinations of these. The use of lustre was an important development, as was the istoriato style of painting. Of the many Italian maiolica centres Faenza (see Faience) was one of the earliest and most important; others were Forli, Siena, Orvieto, Florence, Ravenna, Deruta, Urbino, Castel Durante.

Italian Maiolica (Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks)Italian Maiolica (Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks) 

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