Soup plate, made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Postcard of Soup plate, made at Kirkcaldy, Fife.
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Soup plate, made at Kirkcaldy, Fife

This earthenware soup plate was probably made in 1881, by David Methven & Sons' pottery at Kirkcaldy in Fife. It was produced for export to south-east Asia.

The plate has a fluted border and a centre pattern called 'Oriental' showing a domed building.

The town of Kirkcaldy on the north shore of the Firth of Forth was one of the major centres of Scottish pottery production. In the second half of the 19th century it had four separate factories.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-314-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 620
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1881
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: DAVID METHVEN & SONS / Ao-1881 / ORIENTAL
Dimensions: 25 mm H x 215 mm rim D
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: David Methven and Sons, Kirkcaldy (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Fife, Kirkcaldy
Description: Earthenware soup plate of oriental red with a fluted border, and a centre pattern showing a domed building, by David Methven and Sons of Kirkcaldy in 1881 for export to south-east Asia
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