faience (Q209671)

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tin-glazed pottery
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faience
tin-glazed pottery

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    faience (earthenware)
    Refers to tin-glazed European earthenware, particularly ware made in France, Germany, Spain, and Scandinavia. It developed in France in the early 16th century, was influenced by the technique and the designs of Italian maiolica, and is named for Faenza, Italy, which was famous for maiolica. It is distinguished from tin-glazed earthenware made in Italy, which is called "maiolica," and that made in the Netherlands and England, which is called "delftware." It has no connection to the ancient objects or material also named faience, which was developed in the Near East ca. 4500 BCE. (English)
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    Faience (ii)
    erm probably derived from the Italian town of Faenza, famous for its popular maiolica. It is often used to describe French, German and Scandinavian tin-glazed earthenware but is also interchangeable with the terms Maiolica and Delftware. See also Faenza (English)
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