Glossary beginning with L

Peppered with unusual terms and descriptive phrases, the language of the antiques world is colourful to say the least. With our handy glossary, you'll soon be able to distinguish your maiolica from majolica and your chinoiserie from cloisonne.

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Lacework

A decorative effect on porcelain using pieces of read lace dipped in slip (watered down clay) and applied to the body of a pot/object. The lace burns away upon firing, leaving a lacy pattern in the clay.

Lithophanes

These fine-quality, low-relief plaques in porcelain only reveal an image when held up to the light.

Lobmeyr

A 19th century, bohemian glass maker, determined to re-establish a high level of artistic design previously lost with the introduction of pressing machines and moulded designs.

Lund's Bristol

Producers of blue and white porcelain, similar to that of Limehouse but much more durable.

Lustreware

Pottery or porcelain with a distinctive sheen created by adding metallic oxides such as silver, gold, platinum or copper to the glaze.

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