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11:22 Jan 18, 2008
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Italian to English translations [PRO]
Materials (Plastics, Ceramics, etc.) / decorative techniques
Italian term or phrase: "a risparmio"
In doing translations about historic and ancient ceramics, this is a term that keeps coming back to haunt me, together with an apparently similar technique called "a riserva".

Here is what the client has to say about it, so the actual procedure is clear, but what I would like to know is if there is a specific term in English for these techniques.

Per quanto riguarda "a riserva", si tratta di una tecnica decorativa secondo la quale lasciavano senza smalto alcune parti del manufatto, coprendole con della cera. Poi cuocevano il pezzo, la cera si scioglieva, lasciando il posto al colore naturale del materiale che costituiva quindi parte del disegno, assieme agli altri colori degli smalti applicati sulle altre parti. Sostanzialmente ricorda esattamente il famigerato "a risparmio". Mi hanno anche detto che spesso con "a risparmio" si intende che non venivano appositamente decorate parti come il piede, lasciandole grezze, per risparmiare sugli smalti.
Marie Scarano
Local time: 07:23

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lucinda byatt

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I was also having problems with this term and I've found some possible indications that might help.

Here is an image of what decoration "a risparmio" looks like:


There may a better term but unglazed seems to produce quite a few hits, in particular in the sector I was working on, Neolithic Chinese ceramics (see reference below).

    Reference: http://www.noma.org/educationguides/ChineseArt.pdf
lucinda byatt
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:23
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