Soup plate (detail)

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Soup plate (detail).
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Soup plate (detail)

This detail shows two marks of the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Company. One mark is transfer-printed and the other is one of Bell's impressed trademarks. They are on the base of a transfer-printed earthenware soup plate dating from between 1842 and 1880.

There were many variations in Bell's marks. The transfer-printed mark consists of a branch of vine leaves with the pattern name 'VINE BORDER' and the company initials 'J. & M.P.B. & Co' underneath.

Like many other potteries in the second half of the 19th century, Bell's most popular ware was transfer-printed earthenware, which was durable, decorative and affordable by the masses. Some designs were extremely well produced.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-024-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 849
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Black and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: VINE BORDER / J & M PB &CO / J & M ........ / TRADE MARK
Dimensions: 135 mm D (base) x 265 mm D (rim)
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: Soup plate of black and white transfer-printed earthenware, the centre showing a spray of convoleolus and other kinds of flowers, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. of Glasgow, 1842 - 1880
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