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  1. (of a color or decoration) applied to a piece before the piece is glazed.
  1. color or decoration applied to a piece before it is glazed.

Origin of underglaze

First recorded in 1875–80; under- + glaze
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Historical Examples

  • Decorated in underglaze blue, rough chevron ornament below the rim on the interior.

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    Ivor Noel Hume

  • The second great period, the Modern Renaissance (underglaze decoration), practically commenced in 1885.

  • The blue that he invented is perfect, and is to be found on the early specimens of underglaze painted porcelain for domestic use.

  • As early as 1776 the name of Baer appears as a painter in colours, as opposed to the painters in underglaze blue.

  • From these premises the principle of underglaze painting was accepted, and has been since followed so successfully.

British Dictionary definitions for underglaze


  1. ceramics applied to pottery or porcelain before the application of glaze
  1. a pigment, etc, applied in this way
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