Glossary beginning with I

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.


Japanese porcelain painted in iron red, underglaze blue and gilding, first made in the late 17th century Arita and shipped to Europe from the Japanese port of Imari.

Incised mark

The earliest method of marking ceramics by roughly scratching the unfired clay with initials or symbols.


Hard, white, opaque stoneware made by adding glassy ironstone slag to the mix.


A term used to describe brightly coloured Turkish tin-glazed pottery made in and around the town of Iznik, from the 15th century.

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