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- proper noun Alternative spelling of
majolica. (style of Italian glazed earthenware, coated with enamel)
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- noun highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide
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For all the images of beautiful women, in paintings and on the tin-glazed pottery called maiolica, the bella donna remained property.
The lavish wedding celebrations of the period were marked by extravagant gifts, such as maiolica decorated with narratives or portraits; rare Venetian glassware; rings (including one of the earliest known diamond wedding rings) and other jewelry; delicate gilded boxes; and vividly painted cassoni, or bridal chests, which would be filled with costly linens and clothing.
The maiolica technique can also be used by decorating with coloured glazes on top of the basic glaze.
More fluxes are added to maiolica colorants than to underglaze colorants and the lower the viscosity of the colors and the glaze is, the more the decoration will run and the contours of the decoration will be blurred.
-- This maiolica is a tin-glazed earthenware with a soft body usually buff in color and porous in texture.
The 17th-century Italian maiolica-ware found at Jamestown is a red-body earthenware with scratched or incised designs -- a true sgraffito-ware.
A few examples of maiolica found at Jamestown are believed to have been made in Lisbon, and these usually have designs in blues and dark purples against a white background.
Among the most excessive is the ravishing Vila Algarve, a rococo fantasy of curving terraces and balconies and stairways, topped off with urns and grotesques and maiolica-tiled tableaux, the whole place teetering on the verge of complete disintegration.
This includes examples of brightly colored maiolica (a type of ceramic), venetian glass and jewelry.
Likewise, the safe birth of a child was celebrated and commemorated with the production of finely painted deschi da parto (wooden childbirth trays) and maiolica childbirth bowls known as scodelle da parto.
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