Soup plate (detail)

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Postcard of Soup plate (detail).
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Soup plate (detail)

This detail shows the mark of the Glasgow potters, Robert Cochran & Company. It is on the base of a transfer-printed earthenware soup plate which dates from the second half of the 19th century and was exported to South East Asia.

The mark consists of a seated figure of Britannia with the company name 'R. COCHRAN & Co. GLASGOW' above and the pattern name 'CHINA DRAGON' below.

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: 000-100-103-910-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 635
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: COCHRAN & CO GLASGOW / CHINA DRAGON / TRADE / MARK / 13 K
Dimensions: 245 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: R. Cochran and Co., St Rollox, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, St Rollox
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a centre pattern showing a dragon with a monstrous head and snake-like body, by R. Cochran and Co. of Glasgow 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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