Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This brown transfer-printed earthenware dinner plate was made for export to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. and M.P. Bell and Company Ltd. The pattern is called 'JOHORE' and was registered in 1887.

The centre shows an open fan displaying a view of a river and two junks. The border pattern consists of six panels depicting birds, butterflies and small boats on water.

Bells were exporting pottery in large quantities during the second half of the 19th century. They developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market based on oriental motifs and subjects. The designs were often named using the local language.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-321-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 684
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1887
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: --HO-- / J&MPB&CoLd / TRADE MARK / Rd No 83485 / B
Dimensions: 40 mm H x 250 mm Dia (rim)
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 the centre showing a fan depicting a river and two junks, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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