Mary's Maiolica Arts

Period Color Palettes

Early Maiolica:

Starting in 15th Century:

Late 15th century:

16th Century:

Outlining was primarily with blue until middle of 16th century when manganese was used.


Color was dependent on the combination of silver and copper oxides.

Luster was a difficult technique and only done by a few Italian workshops.  This technique was common in Hispano-Moresque ware.  The term "maiolica" was originally used in Italy only to describe lusterware.  In the 16th century the term became the word for all tin-glazed earthenware.

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