Portuguese faience production, trade and consumption across the world (16th-18th centuries)

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The international project “Portuguese Faience in the World (16th-18th
centuries)” was developed between 2009 and 2011. Funded by the Fundação
para a Ciência e Tecnologia it aimed to understand the production,
consumption and global distribution of Portuguese tin glaze ware using
archaeological and archaeometric methodologies. Not well recognized
outside Portugal, Portuguese faience production started in the mid- 16th century in Lisbon and by the early 17th century its production had spread to Coimbra and Vila Nova (near Oporto). The rapid and significant development of this ware was in part made by Portuguese commercial growth, namely in its American and Asian colonies. However the characteristics of Portuguese faience, aesthetically similar to Chinese porcelain, influenced the increase of its world distribution. The major trade routes in the Atlantic, North and Central Europe and Far East will be identified in this chapter. Portuguese faience is a commodity which allows research to clearly connect technical, economic, social, artistic, ideological and symbolic characteristics with the production contexts, trade and consumption of the ware.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the First International Conference of Portuguese Faience (16th-19th Centuries)
EditorsRosa Varela Gomes, Tânia Manuel Casimiro, Mário Varela Gomes
Place of PublicationLisboa
PublisherInstituto de Arqueologia e Paleociências – UNL
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-84-7956-158-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event1º Congresso Internacional de Faiança Portuguesa - Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 22 May 201325 May 2013


Conference1º Congresso Internacional de Faiança Portuguesa
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