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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-180-001-260-C
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Soup plate

This blue and 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 'BURONG MERAK' and was registered in 1903.

The centre shows two peacocks and a dragon entwined with branches of vegetation. The border pattern consists of fabulous fish and dragons alternating with stylised flowers in frames.

During the second half of the 19th century Bells developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market. One of the design innovations used by them was the two-coloured printed pattern, where the central motif and border were of different colours, as in this example.


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Online ID: 000-180-001-260-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 815
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1903
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: BURONG MER-- / J & MPB & Co LD / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 250 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
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Description: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing two peacocks and a dragon entwined with vegetation, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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