Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Company. It dates from between 1842 and 1880.

The pattern is called 'VINE BORDER'. The plate's centre shows a spray of convoleolus and two other kinds of flower. The border is decorated with a running pattern of vine leaves and grapes.

This company, which became one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland, was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. The Glasgow Pottery, or 'Bells' as it was more commonly known, produced a wide range of wares.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-192-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 849
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Black and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: VINE BORDER / J & M PB &CO / J & M ........ / TRADE MARK
Dimensions: 135 mm D (base) x 265 mm D (rim)
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Soup plate of black and white transfer-printed earthenware, the centre showing a spray of convoleolus and other kinds of flowers, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. of Glasgow, 1842 - 1880
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