Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made by the Glasgow potters, J. and M.P. Bell and Company. Dating from between 1842 and 1880, the plate was exported to South East Asia and collected there.

The pattern is called 'JAPAN'. The centre shows an arch of 'honeycomb' pattern scrolls through which is seen pagodas and a junk. The border design consists of groups of flowers, foliage motifs and 'Greek key' pattern.

Bells were exporting pottery in large quantities during the second half of the 19th century.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-918-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 644
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: JAPAN / J & MPB&CO; IMPERIAL / J & MPB & CO
Dimensions: 270 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. (Maker)
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a scalloped and moulded edge, with the centre showing an arch of pattern scrolls, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. about 1842 - 1880 for export to south-east Asia
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