tin glaze

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An opaque white glaze used on earthenware, made with the addition of tin oxide to a lead glaze, in an attempt to imitate the whiteness of Chinese porcelain. First developed in the 9th century in Baghdad, tin glaze spread to Spain (see Hispano-Moresque) and then to the rest of Europe. In Italy it was known as maiolica, in France and Germany faience, in Holland Delft, and in Britain delftware.

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