Highly decorated earthenware with a glaze of tin oxide; SYN. maiolica.
Elaborate glazed Italian pottery.
Elaborate, highly-colored, glazed Italian pottery; faience.
Or maiolica; Tin-glazed earthenware and the richly decorated enamel pottery produced in Italy in the 15th to 18th centuries. The name derives from the Italian form of Majorca, the island from where Moorish lustreware made in Spain was shipped to Italy. During the 19th century the word was used to describe molded earthenware with relief patterns decorated in colored glazes.