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The term faïence originated in France, and derives from the name of the Italian town of Faenza. Faïence denotes all northern European tin-glazed pottery. The term maiolica is also used, chiefly for wares from Spain and Italy. Maiolica probably derives from the Italian name for the island of Majorca (maiorica), which in the 15th century was the main transhipment point for the faïence trade in southern Europe. It refers only to faïence colored by …

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Kallieris, Christina, “Faïence”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019158>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126

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