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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The name for white, lucid, porcelain which is generally undecorated. Pieces would be made for domestic use, which when struck have a pleasant sound.