purple of Cassius

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Named for Andreas Cassius, a glassmaker from Potsdam who first described its creation.

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purple of Cassius (uncountable)

  1. (historical) A pigment formed from gold and tin salts, used in glassmaking.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 61
      Purple of Cassius was used not just by glassmakers but by porcelain manufacturers to make a fine red glaze.

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