Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This red 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 'PEKIN' and was registered in 1889.

The centre shows a large pagoda with a conical roof - a representation of the Temple of the Sun in Peking. The border pattern consists of a chain of lozenges, each containing a flower shape.

Bells started exporting by the 1860s. Their trade with South East Asia was particularly important. After John Bell's death in 1880, the company continued with this trade, producing a remarkable range of specially designed transfer-printed oriental patterns for the area.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-323-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 720
Date: 1850 - 1900
Around 1889
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & M P B & Co Ld / TRADE MARK / PEKIN / Rd No 118729 / B
Dimensions: 35 mm H x 250 mm rim D
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 pattern showing a large pagoda with a conical roof, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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