|Type Name:||PEARLWARE, HAND PAINTED BLUE AND WHITE|
|Type Index:||REFINED EARTHENWARE|
White to light cream-colored, thin, hard, compact refined earthenware paste.
Transparent or faintly bluish clear lead glaze, caused by the addition of cobalt to the glaze.
Bluish cast where glaze pools.
Asian-inspired underglaze motifs hand painted in cobalt blue.
|Comments:||Handpainted Chinese-inspired designs on pearlware were eclipsed by transfer printing by about 1812-1815. After about 1820, blue floral designs painted with a bolder stroke than was common in the chinoiserie examples, became more popular.|
|Published Definitions:||Noel Hume 1969, South 1977, Miller 1991, Sussman 2000b|