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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-180-001-275-C
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Soup plate

This red and green 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 'SINGAPORE' and the plate dates from between 1881 and the 1920s.

The centre shows three large stylised flowers with foliage and a large butterfly. The border pattern consists of four panels containing varied scenes of banners, scrolls and exotic flowers alternating with panels of wicker pattern, all against a background of cross hatching. This border also appears on another soup plate made by Bells with the pattern name 'SEXAGON'.

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: 000-180-001-275-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 665
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & M P BELL & Co Ld / TRADE MARK / SINGAPORE
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 a centre pattern showing three large stylized flowers with foliage, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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