Plaque, majolica, depicting "The Roman Soldier" after Mantegna

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  1. David Tulk says:

    Should we distinguish between the two majolica’s?

    The majolica decorated with thick coloured lead glazes (of world wide fame) is different in origin, composition, and manufacturing technique from this ‘majolica’ plaque which is tin-glazed and brush painted with enamel colours (and rare).

    Authors have seldom made it clear that Minton developed two distinct products, exhibiting them both at the 1851 and later Exhibitions.
    One, they named ‘Palissy ware’ in honour of the great man, almost immediately known also as ‘majolica’, a resounding success, the majolica of coloured lead glazes.
    The other, a commercial flop, they confusingly named ‘majolica’, the English spelling for tin-glazed Italian Renaissance maiolica which Minton succeeded in imitating.

    One well known author DID make it clear
    “Thus, what today we call majolica is in most cases what Minton, and Arnoux, referred to as Palissy ware.”
    Paul Atterbury, Dictionary of Minton, 1990

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