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What is Faience

Post by 22 Crawford St. on November 1st 2015, 7:41 pm

I see a lot of descriptions using the word Faience - Is this WIKI page right?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faience
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Post by NaomiM on November 1st 2015, 7:58 pm

Yes, defined as tin glazed earthenware. But also used for lead glazed earthenware. Basically white glaze, originally developed to mimic Chinese porcelain and decorated with blue cobalt, and later in other colours. See also Delftware.

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Post by NaomiM on November 1st 2015, 8:01 pm

Egyptian faience is different.

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on November 1st 2015, 9:05 pm

So does it apply to Burmantof? I keep seeing this described as Faience
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Post by NaomiM on November 1st 2015, 10:02 pm

22 Crawford St. wrote:So does it apply to Burmantof? I keep seeing this described as Faience


I believe they're comparing it to the Egyptian faience; the glassy turquoise (or other strong colour)  glaze over earthenware.

Cf. the alternative terms majolica & maiolica - one is the strongly coloured glazes and the other the white tin glaze.

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Post by Mordeep on November 1st 2015, 10:18 pm

Its confusing as hell. The honest truth is that Faience means different things depending on the country asking and the age of the item being asked about. The traditional meaning is tin glazed earthenware, if your in Holland asking then your thinking about Delft, of course you also have English Delft. But if you start by thinking of Faience as being a certain type of pottery with variations like Majolica, Maiolica and Delft depending on who's asking then you don't go far wrong.

We could also further confuse by adding the English non tin glazed pottery they called majolica to the mix by Minton and the like but who needs the stress and its not really Faience anyway Surrender
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Post by 22 Crawford St. on November 5th 2015, 9:13 pm

Forgot the say Thanks - TY for the explanations
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