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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-180-002-012-C
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Soup plate

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

The centre shows two horsemen in conversation with two seated figures. They are all wearing eastern dress. The border pattern consists of two large and two small panels with scalloped, floral borders, each showing scenes of horsemen. This pattern was also produced by Robert Cochran & Company of Glasgow and D. Methven & Sons of Kirkcaldy.

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: 000-180-002-012-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 661
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: DAMASCUS / --- P B & Co LIMD / B
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 horsemen in conversation with two seated figures, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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