Fish dish with strainer (detail)

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made in Glasgow

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Fish dish with strainer (detail)

This detail shows the trademark of the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Company. The mark is on the underside of a cream-glazed earthenware fish dish with strainer, dating from between 1842 and 1880.

There were many variations in Bell's marks. This one consists of two sprays of holly with the pattern name 'HOLLY/WREATH' in between. Underneath are the initials 'J. & M.P.B. & CO'.

By the middle of the 19th century, the area of Glasgow and the Clyde basin was undoubtedly the heartland of the Scottish pottery industry, with several of the biggest firms such as J. & M. P. Bell and Robert Cochran's Verreville and Britannia potteries.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-851-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 159 A
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Cream glazed earthenware. Inscription: HOLLY / WREATH / J. & M.P.B. & CO
Dimensions: 65 mm H; 560 mm x 265 mm (rim); 381 mm x 140 mm (base)
What: Fish dish
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Company (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Fish dish of cream glazed earthenware, with raised Knotwork and oakleaf pattern on a grip at either end, inscribed on the base, made by J. and M.P. Bell and Company, Glasgow, 1842 - 1880
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