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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Ashet.
© National Museums Scotland


An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This earthenware example was made by Robert Cochran & Company of the Verreville Pottery in Glasgow. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The centre is decorated with a lakes and mountains scene with five figures at the lakeside. The base is marked with the maker's details and the pattern name, 'SYRIA'.

By the middle of the 19th century, the area of Glasgow and the Clyde basin was undoubtedly the heartland of the Scottish pottery industry, with several of the biggest firms such as J & M P Bell and Robert Cochran's Verreville and Britannia potteries.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-019-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 839
Date: 1850 - 1900
2nd half of the 19th century
Material: Blue / white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: SYRIA / RC & CO / VP / 12
Dimensions: 630 mm x 230 mm (base); 280 mm x 350 mm
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Robert Cochran and Co. (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Ashet of blue and white transfer-printed earthenware, with a centre showing five peasants by the edge of a lake, by Robert Cochran and Co. of Verreville Pottery, Glasgow, 1850 - 1900
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