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made in Glasgow

Soup plate
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This red and green 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 'BUAH AND NANAS' and was registered in 1888.

The centre shows three pineapple plants with a flower and a butterfly. The border consists of a diamond trellis pattern with four quatrefoil shapes at equal intervals. In each shape is a pineapple.

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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