Tin glaze

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Tin-glazed earthenware
MFA# 00.389


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.

Maiolica plate
MFA# 41.105

Synonyms and Related Terms

Bust of Louis XV
MFA# 65.2014

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

Resources and Citations

  • 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