Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made by John Thomson & Sons of Annfield Pottery in Glasgow's Gallowgate. It dates from the second half of the 19th century and was exported to South East Asia.

The pattern is called 'NEVA'. The border pattern is of stylized foliage, forming a complicated flame-like pattern against a background of pink shading to red towards the edge. The centre shows a circle of similar foliage on a red and pink background.

This plate is one in an extensive collection of Scottish plates found in the bazaars and markets of Java, Sumatra and Borneo, areas for which they were undoubtedly produced.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-902-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 626
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: NEVA / THOMSON
Dimensions: 270 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: John Thomson (Maker)
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a raised fluted border, fourteen straight sides and a centre pattern of a circlet of foliage, by John Thomson about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
  • Calder, J (ed.). The Enterprising Scot. Edinburgh: NMS, 1986, pp 108-112. 
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