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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Jug.
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This glazed earthenware jug was made by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. It dates from between 1881 and the 1920s.

Both sides of the jug have a painted oval depicting classical scenes of naked children picking grapes.

This company was one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland. It was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. After John's death in 1880, the new limited company continued production.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-845-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 129
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: Trade Mark / J. & M.P.B. & Co Ld / Autumn
Dimensions: 160 mm H x 80 mm D (base) x 80 mm D (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: White glazed earthenware jug printed in purple with two ovals depicting classical scenes of naked children picking grapes, marked "J. & M.P.B. & Co Ld" for Bell of Glasgow, 1881 - 1929
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