Soup plate

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made by the Clyde Pottery Company of Greenock in Renfrewshire. It dates from between 1863 and 1900 and was exported to South East Asia.

The pattern is one of the versions of the famous willow pattern. The pattern traditionally included elements such as a river, a bridge, a pagoda and a willow tree.

This plate is one in an extensive collection of Scottish plates found in the bazaars and markets of Java, Sumatra and Borneo, areas for which they were undoubtedly produced.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-903-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 628
Date: 1850 - 1900
Between 1863 and 1900
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: Stone Ware / G.P.Co
Dimensions: 205 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clyde Pottery Co. (Maker)
Description: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing the traditional willow pattern within a circle of diaper pattern, by Clyde Pottery Co. about 1850 - 1900 for export to south-east Asia
  • Boa V, Denholm P, Quail G. The Clyde Pottery. Greenock 1860-1905. Inverclyde District Libraries: 1987 
  • Calder, J (ed.). The Enterprising Scot. Edinburgh: NMS, 1986, pp 108-112. 
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