Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This earthenware soup plate was made by the Glasgow potters J. & M.P. Bell. It dates from the second half of the 19th century or early 20th century and was exported to South East Asia.

The plate's border has been sponge-printed with a repeated scroll and trefoil design. The centre design has a ring of the same sponge-printed pattern around a plain circle with dots.

This company was one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland. It was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. After John's death in 1880, the new limited company continued production.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-019-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 676
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century or early 20th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: B
Dimensions: 220 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 of spongeware with the centre sponge printed with a scroll and trefoil design, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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