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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Ashet.
© National Museums Scotland


An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This earthenware example is transfer-printed with the willow pattern and is marked on the bottom with a Glasgow tree mark and the initials, 'J G & Sons'; possibly for John Geddes & Son. It dates from the first half of the 19th century.

The willow pattern traditionally includes a river, a bridge, a pagoda and willow trees and is usually in blue on a white background.

The Glasgow potteries produced a wide range of wares, from high quality porcelain to the ubiquitous transfer printed earthenware. Many of them exported to several parts of the world.

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Online ID: 000-100-003-392-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1065
Date: First half of the 19th century
Material: Inscription: J G & Sons
Dimensions: 35 mm H x 382 mm L x 317 mm W
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Ashet, transfer-printed with willow and marked J G & Sons
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