Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This blue and red transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made for export to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The design was registered in 1887.

The pattern is called 'PEACOCK & LILIES'. The centre shows lilies, a butterfly and a stylized peacock. The border pattern consists of four sections of diaper pattern between alternating scenes of a vase of flowers and butterflies.

During the second half of the 19th century Bells developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market. 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: 000-100-103-940-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 692
Date: Around 1887
c. 1887
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & M P B & Co Ld / TRADEMARK / PEACOCK & LILIES / Rd No 83486 / B / G
Dimensions: 250 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a centre design of lilies, a butterfly and a stylized peacock, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, for export to south-east Asia, c. 1887
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