American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Earthenware decorated with colorful opaque glazes.
- n. A moderate to strong greenish blue.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine kind of pottery or earthenware, glazed, and painted with designs, said to have been invented in Faenza, Italy, in 1299. The term is loosely used for any ware between porcelain and common unglazed pottery, especially any such ware of French origin, as Moustiers faience, Rouen faience, etc. Common or Italian faience has a soft body and a thin glaze, and receives two firings. A fine faience, also called English faience, was invented by Josiah Wedgwood in 1763, and is known as Wedgwood ware. Also spelled
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Glazed earthenware; esp., a fine variety that which is decorated with colorful designs in an opaque glaze.
- n. glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors
- From French faïence, named after the city Faenza in Italy, where it was made in the 16th century. (Wiktionary)
- French faïence, after Faïence, Faenza, Italy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Mr Shar told Dawn that remains of a 'faience' mirror factory had been found at the project's second block.”
“Egyptian artefacts such as faience are found in Mycenaean excavations, and Mycenean-style pottery is found in Akhenaten’s city of Amarna in Egypt, indicating trading and/or diplomatic links between Mycenae and Akhenaten’s Egypt.”
“But I would make do with a lovely blue Egyptian blue faience shabti (figures buried with the dead for company in the next world) from 332-330 B.C. (estimate: €600-€800).”
“While in a brocante in France, I inquired about the origin of a faience plate.”
“Frog Amulet, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, Reigns of Ay and Horemheb, ca. 1324-1293 B.C.; purple-glazed faience with brown eyes.”
“I've never heard of any faience factories in Italy dating back to 7,000 BCE - hell, not even in Egypt dating back that far, so I'll be interested to learn more about what he's talking about - if any further information is published.”
“Note the favourite props that reappeared often, such as the colourful clothes, exquisitely embroidered green silk fabric and ornate faience tiles.”
“The interior of the dome was decorated with mosaic, faience and marble, all commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent.”
“Note the favourite props that reappeared often, such as the Indo-Persian helmets, shields, exquisitely embroidered green silk fabric and ornate faience tiles.”
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