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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Ashet.
© National Museums Scotland


An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This glazed earthenware example was made by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. It dates from between 1881 and the 1920s.

The transfer-printed pattern is called 'COREA'. The ashet border has a dark grey printed pattern of sunflowers, foliage and butterflies. The central panel has a design of irregular lilies and stylized foliage.

This company was one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland. It was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. After John's death in 1880, the new limited company continued production.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-853-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 176
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: J & MPB & Co / TRADE MARK / COREA / 16 / JB
Dimensions: 35 mm Depth; 455 mm x 345 mm (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Corea (Stamped on the base of the ashet)
J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Oval ashet of white glazed earthenware, with a dark grey printed pattern of sunflowers, foliage and butterflies on the flat rim, made by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow, 1881 - 1929
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