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made at Prestonpans, East Lothian

Postcard of Ashet.
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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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Online ID: 000-100-104-672-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1994.1108
Date: Around 1830
c. 1830
Material: Earthenware, transfer printed. Inscription: Base: [impressed crown] R & G Gordon
Dimensions: 423 mm L x 340 mm W
Who: Robert and George Gordon, Prestonpans (Potter)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans
Description: Large ashet in earthenware with blue and white transfer-printed Willow pattern, made by Robert and George Gordon's Pottery, Prestonpans, East Lothian, c. 1830
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