1) A highly colored, opaque glaze used for pottery, ceramic tiles, and architectural terracotta, particularly in the 16th-18th centuries in France and Germany. Faience was the French name given to a tin-glazed pottery originally made in Faenze, Italy. The Italian made pottery is now called majolica.
2) Any glazed earthenware.
3) Finely glazed Egyptian pottery.
Synonyms and Related Terms
faience (Ned.); faïence (Fr.); faiança (Port.); fayence; majolica
P.Nicholson, E.Peltenburg, "Egyptian Faience" in Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology, P.Nicholson, I.Shaw (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2000, p. 177.
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