(1570 - 1846)
London was the first major centre in Britain to make tin-glazed ware successfully and on a commercial scale at the end of the 16th century. The term 'delftware' was widely used from the 18th century onwards to refer to tin-glazed earthenware made in Britain, rather than the products of the famous Dutch centre of Delft.
The chief attraction of tin-glazing is in allowing potters to decorate their wares with coloured pigments applied over a lead glaze made opaque by the addition of tin. During the later medieval period and into the 16th century, Londoners had only been able to enjoy such decorative pottery as it was brought into the capital from the Continent, with Spanish, Italian and Dutch or Flemish tin-glazed wares the most common types found on excavated sites.
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