Earthenware rice platter

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Made in Glasgow

Postcard of Earthenware rice platter.
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Earthenware rice platter

The earthenware rice platter was made in the late 19th century by Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell. It was produced for export to the south-east Asia.

The platter has flaring sides and a pattern called 'Woosung' (the name of a Chinese port). Like several other Bell patterns, it has the pattern name marked in a Malay script.

John and Matthew Perston Bell's company became one of the biggest and best-known potteries in Scotland. In production by 1842, the Glasgow Pottery, or 'Bells' as it was more commonly known, made a wide range of wares.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-319-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 675
Date: 1850 - 1900
Late 19th century
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: ["u-sung" in Jawi] / J&MPB&CoLd / WOOSUNG / { }
Dimensions: 350 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: Large earthenware soup plate with simple flaring sides and the inside covered in an allover pattern, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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