Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This red and blue transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made for export to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'KALANTAN' and was registered in 1888.

The centre consists of a twelve point 'compass' pattern. The border pattern is made up of six rectangular sections showing scenes of pagoda and junks with butterflies and swans.

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: 000-190-002-308-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 713
Date: Around 1888
c. 1888
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: KALANTAN / J & M P B & Co Ld / TRADEMARK / GLASGOW / Rd No 112878 / 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
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a centre pattern consisting of a twelve point compass pattern, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, for export to south-east Asia, c. 1888
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