Plate, commemorating 1851 Great Exhibition

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Plate, commemorating 1851 Great Exhibition

This earthenware plate commemorates the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London. It was made by Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell whose products were displayed at the exhibition.

The circular plate has a slightly scalloped edge and a transfer-printed view of the Crystal Palace in the centre.

John and Matthew Perston Bell's company became one of the biggest and best-known potteries in Scotland. In production by 1842, the Glasgow Pottery, or 'Bells' as it was more commonly known, made a wide range of wares.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-306-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 569
Date: Around 1851
Material: Blue and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: CRYSTAL PALACE; J & M P B & Co
Dimensions: 28 mm H x 233 mm rim D
What: Dinner plate
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Crystal Palace
Description: Circular dinner plate of blue and white transfer-printed earthenware, with a slightly scalloped edge and a view of Crystal Palace in the centre
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