Earthenware figure of a piper

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Postcard of Earthenware figure of a piper.
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Earthenware figure of a piper

This earthenware figure of a piper was probably made in the early 19th century at Thomas Rathbone's Pottery at Portobello in Midlothian. The figure is a very inaccurate representation of bagpipes, Highland dress and tartan.

Glazed and painted earthenware figure of a Highlander dressed in a tartan jacket and kilt, and playing the bagpipes, Portobello ware, Thomas Rathbone's factory, early 19th century

Good supplies of coal and clay and easy transport by sea meant that the south side of the Firth of Forth was an ideal location for potteries to develop. Small-scale works existed there from the 17th century and larger factories developed from around 1750

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Online ID: 000-100-045-541-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1949.189
Date: Early 19th cent
Early 19th century
Material: Earthenware
Dimensions: 230 mm H x 76 mm W x 78 mm D
What: Figure / Highlander
Who: Thomas Rathbone, Portobello (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh, Portobello
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