Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate.
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Soup plate

This brown 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 'KWANTUNG' and was registered in 1890.

The centre shows a large Chinese style vase containing flowers. The border pattern consists of six quatrefoils containing stylized flowers, set against a background of diaper pattern.

Bells started exporting by the 1860s. Their trade with South East Asia was particularly important. After John Bell's death in 1880, the company continued with this trade, producing a remarkable range of specially designed transfer-printed oriental patterns for the area.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-011-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 791
Date: Around 1890
c. 1890
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: KWANTUNG / J & MPB & Co LD / TRADE MARK / Rd No 162201 / 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 showing a large Chinese style vase containing flowers, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, for export to south-east Asia, c. 1890
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