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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-180-001-276-C
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Soup plate

This 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 'MALACCA' after the Malacca Straits in Malaysia.

The centre shows a circular scene of a stretch of water with a rocky headland, a jetty, three boats and a flock of birds. The border pattern consists of twelve 'scallop shells' set against a background of lines 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: 000-180-001-276-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 666
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & M P BELL & Co Ld / TRADE MARK / MALACCA
Dimensions: 240 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 a centre design showing a circular scene of a stretch of water, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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