Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This red transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made for export to South East Asia by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'KAPAL BASAR' and was registered in 1891.

The centre shows a ship with a square centre sail and oars. In the sky above is a dragon with a double body. The border pattern consists of bars and crosses forming a chequered design bordered by scallops and scrolls.

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: 000-180-001-258-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 804
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1891
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: KAPAL BASAR / J & MPB & Co LD / TRADE MARK / Rd No 184617 / B / +
Dimensions: 245 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
Description: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing a ship with a square centre sail and oars, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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