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made at Prestonpans, East Lothian

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An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This transfer-printed earthenware example was made at the pottery of Robert and George Gordon in Prestonpans in East Lothian. It dates from around 1830.

The plate is printed with the 'Willow' pattern. Many variations on the willow pattern have been produced, but it traditionally includes elements such as a river, a bridge, a pagoda and a willow tree. The base is impressed with a crown and 'R & G Gordon'.

By the early 1800s, potteries in Musselburgh, Portobello and Prestonpans, all near Edinburgh, were producing a wide range of wares, from soft-paste porcelain to transfer-printed earthenware.

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