Tin glaze

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Description

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.

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Synonyms and Related Terms

stanniferous glaze; glaçure stannique (Fr.); vidrado de estanho (Port.); tin-glazed earthenware; tin-enameled earthenware

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Authority

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "tin-glazed earthenware." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service 4 Feb. 2005 .

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