|Type Name:||PEARLWARE, SPONGED OR SPATTERED|
|Type Index:||REFINED EARTHENWARE|
White to light cream-colored, thin, hard refined earthenware paste.
White to faint bluish white clear lead glaze, caused by the addition of cobalt to the glaze. There is a bluish cast where the glaze pools.
Decoration combines simple painted designs such as peafowl and floral elements with areas of sponge-applied or powdered-applied paint, usually in blue.
|Comments:||Powder applied paint is referred to as "spattered", and sponge-applied paint is referred to as "sponged". After 1840, decoration was applied exclusively with sponges, cut into desired shapes, and without accompanying painting. This cut-sponge décor, however, appears primarily on Whiteware.|
|Published Definitions:||Noel Hume 1969; South 1977|