Soup plate, made in Glasgow

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Soup plate, made in Glasgow

This earthenware soup plate was made around 1889 by Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell. It was produced for export to the south-east Asia.

The plate's 'Pekin' pattern shows the Temple of the Sun in Peking. The design was registered in 1889.

Bells started exporting early on in their history, certainly by the 1860s. Their trade with the east particularly was important and grew in the 1870s. After John Bell's death in 1880, the new limited company continued with this trade.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-324-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 725
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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