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A type of 16th-cent. maiolica pottery with pictorial designs influenced by (and formerly attributed to) Raphael.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Horace Walpole (1717–1797), author, politician, and patron of the arts. From Raphael (also, especially formerly, Raffaelle), English form of the name of RaffaelloSanti, Italian painter + ware.
Raphael ware/ˈrafʌɪɛl ˌwɛː//ˈrafeɪ(ə)l ˌwɛː/
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