An opaque, white ceramic glaze that contains stannic oxide. Tin glazing was discovered by the Assyrians in the 9th century. As it spread from Moorish Spain (Hispano-Moresque ware) through Europe, several popular types of tin glazing were developed including majolica in Italy, faience in France, and delftware in Holland.
Synonyms and Related Terms
stanniferous glaze; glaçure stannique (Fr.); vidrado de estanho (Port.); tin-glazed earthenware; tin-enameled earthenware
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