Soup plate, made at Bo'ness, West Lothian

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Soup plate, made at Bo'ness, West Lothian

This earthenware soup plate was made in the second half of the 19th century at John Marshall & Co.'s pottery at Bo'ness in West Lothian. Although it is a standard British design, it was exported to south-east Asia.

The plate is decorated with a wild rose pattern. In the centre is a scene of a river with boats.

Good supplies of coal and clay and easy transport by sea meant that the south side of the Firth of Forth was an ideal location for potteries to develop. Small-scale works existed there from the 17th century and larger factories developed from around 1750

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Online ID: 000-100-003-315-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 621
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: WILD ROSE / J MARSHALL & CO / BONESS POTTERY / SCOTLAND
Dimensions: 45 mm H x 240 mm rim D
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. Marshall and Co., Bo'ness Pottery, Bo'ness, Scotland (Maker)
Where: Scotland, West Lothian, Bo'ness
Description: Blue earthenware soup plate with a centre pattern showing a river with boats, by J. Marshall and Co. of Bo'ness Pottery about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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