Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This 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 pattern is called 'MAKASSAR' and was registered in 1890.

The centre shows a peacock above a grotesque lion. The border pattern consists of two stylized peacock motifs and two oriental monster masks, alternating between four large Chinese motifs.

Bells were exporting pottery in large quantities during the second half of the 19th century. They developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market based on oriental motifs and subjects. The designs were often named using the local language.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-990-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 769
Date: Around 1890
c. 1890
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: MAKASSAR / J & MPB & Co LD / TRADE MARK / Rd No 147736 / B / B
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 a peacock above a grotesque lion, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, for export to south-east Asia, c. 1890
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