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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
000-190-002-173-C
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Soup plate

This transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made by the Glasgow potters, Robert Cochran & Company. It dates from the second half of the 19th century and was exported to South East Asia.

The pattern is called 'CHINA DRAGON'. The centre shows a dragon with a monstrous head, snake-like body and clawed feet. The border design consists of eight panels of oriental-style scroll pattern.

This plate is one in an extensive collection of Scottish plates found in the bazaars and markets of Java, Sumatra and Borneo, areas for which they were undoubtedly produced.


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Online ID: 000-190-002-173-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 635
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: COCHRAN & CO GLASGOW / CHINA DRAGON / TRADE / MARK / 13 K
Dimensions: 245 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: R. Cochran and Co., St Rollox, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow, St Rollox
Event:
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a centre pattern showing a dragon with a monstrous head and snake-like body, by R. Cochran and Co. of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
References:
  • Calder, J (ed.). The Enterprising Scot. Edinburgh: NMS, 1986, pp 108-112. 
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