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also fa·ïence  (fī-äns′, -äNs′, fā-)
1. Earthenware decorated with colorful opaque glazes.
2. A moderate to strong greenish blue.

[French faïence, after Faïence, Faenza, Italy.]


(faɪˈɑːns; feɪ-)
a. tin-glazed earthenware, usually that of French, German, Italian, or Scandinavian origin
b. (as modifier): a faïence cup.
[C18: from French, strictly: pottery from Faenza]


or fa•ïence

(faɪˈɑns, -ˈɑ̃s, feɪ-)

glazed earthenware or pottery, esp. a fine variety with highly colored designs.
[1705–15; < French, orig. pottery of Faenza, city in N Italy]


Fine pottery with a colorful glaze, named after Faenza, Italy, one of its sources.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.faience - glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colorsfaience - glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors
earthenware - ceramic ware made of porous clay fired at low heat
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The rest of the furniture of this privileged apartment consisted of old cabinets, filled with Chinese porcelain and Japanese vases, Lucca della Robbia faience, and Palissy platters; of old arm-chairs, in which perhaps had sat Henry IV.
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This includes objects of stone, metal, ceramic, clay and faience objects, wood, glass, ivory, bone and shell, plaster and stucco, textile, parchment, paper and leather, paintings and drawings, mosaic and writing.
L'art de la decoration est egalement mis a l'honneur par des couvertures de livres anciens, des ornements de portes photographies en Egypte et au Maroc et des revetements en faience de plusieurs tombeaux en Turquie.
The building has been re-clad with facing brickwork, faience panels and decorative metalwork to the balconies.
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The Flint Faience Tile Company had its origins in a meeting between Champion and Carl Bergmans, a Belgian ceramist working for the American Encaustic Tile Company in Zanesville, Ohio.
The other similar pieces which have been discovered in different parts of the world were used to decorate utensils and they represent a single head of a duck and mostly they were made of ivory or faience and rarely they were made of gold.
By contrast, she can follow the technical improvements in faience, which are gradually exploited to produce new forms and object classes.