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made in Glasgow

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Punch bowl (1 of 2)

This shows the interior of a transfer-printed earthenware punch bowl made by the Glasgow potters J. & M.P. Bell & Company. The pattern is called 'NEUILLY' and the bowl dates from between 1842 and 1880. Neuilly-sur-Seine is a suburb of Paris, not far from the Bois de Boulogne.

The scene at the bottom of the bowl is of three female figures sitting on a fountain set against a background of impressive buildings. Two classical urns stand in the foreground.

Like many other potteries in the second half of the 19th century, Bell's most popular ware was transfer-printed earthenware, which was durable, decorative and affordable by the masses. Some designs were extremely well produced.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-024-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 842
Date: Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Blue and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: NEUILLY / J & M.P.B. & Co
Dimensions: 140 mm H x 155 mm D (base) x 255 mm D (rim)
What: Punch bowl
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Description: Punch bowl of blue and white transfer-printed earthenware in the shape of a slightly flattened hemisphere, on a scallop-edged pedestal circular foot, showing two scenes of a fountain outside
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