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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-180-000-184-C
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Soup plate

This red transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was exported to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'KEELUNG' and the plate dates from between 1881 and the 1920s.

The centre shows a three-legged vase containing large flowers, surrounded by a palm tree, bushes and a butterfly. The border has a running scroll pattern with beading on the inner edge.

Bells were exporting pottery in large quantities during the second half of the 19th century. They developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market based on oriental motifs and subjects. The designs were often named using the local language.


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Online ID: 000-180-000-184-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 664
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & M.P.B. & Co Ld / TRADE MARK / GLASGOW / KEELUNG / B
Dimensions: 220 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Event:
Description: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing a three-legged vase with large flowers in it, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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