Soup plate

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Soup plate

This earthenware soup plate was made between around 1880 and 1900 by Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell. It was produced for export to South East Asia.

The plate has a centre design of a dragon and an exotic bird with large feathers, set against a background of stylised clouds.

Bells started exporting early on in their history, certainly by the 1860s. Their trade with the east was particularly 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: 000-100-003-328-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 764
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between around 1880 and 1900
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: KEE-----NG / J & M P B & Co LD / TRADE MARK / Rd No 1 139-91 / F / 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 a centre design of a dragon and an exotic bird with large feathers, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
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