Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

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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Online ID: 000-100-003-322-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 718
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1888
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: BUAH AND NANAS / J & M P B & Co Ld / GLASGOW / Rd No 115580 / B
Dimensions: 220 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: Earthenware soup plate with a centre design showing three pineapple plants, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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