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made at West Pans, East Lothian

Postcard of Dish.
© National Museums Scotland


This leaf-shaped porcelain dish was made at William Littler's pottery in West Pans in East Lothian. It dates from around 1770.

The dish is decorated with coloured flowers and butterflies.

Littler arrived in Scotland in the early 1760s after the failure of his Longton Hall factory in Staffordshire. The founder of Scotland's porcelain industry, Littler was keen to seek the custom of the landed gentry. Consequently his factory made high quality, if uneconomical, wares. It closed in 1777.

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Online ID: 000-100-047-936-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.6
Date: Around 1770
c. 1770
Material: Porcelain, overglaze painted; leaf-shaped
Dimensions: 72 mm H x 290 mm L x 265 mm W
Who: William Littler, West Pans (Maker)
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Prestonpans, West Pans
Description: Leaf-shaped porcelain dish, overglaze painted with polychrome flowers and butterflies, from the site of William Littler's factory at West Pans, Preston Pans, East Lothian, c. 1770
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