Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This red and green transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was exported to South East Asia by the Glasgow potters, J. and M.P. Bell and Company. It dates from between 1842 and 1880.

The pattern is called 'CHUSAN'. The plate's centre shows a tree with large flowers on a rock by a balcony. The balcony overlooks water and there is a pagoda and set of stairs in the background.

Bells exported significant amounts of pottery to South East Asia. One of the design innovations used by them was the two-coloured printed pattern, where the central motif and border were of different colours, as in this example.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-935-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 674
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: CHUS-N / J&MPB&Co / B / E
Dimensions: 245 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing a tree with large flowers on a rock by a balcony, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. of Glasgow about 1842 - 1880 for export to south-east Asia
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