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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Ashet.
© National Museums Scotland


An ashet is a large plate, platter or pie dish. This oval-shaped earthenware example was made by the Britannia Pottery Company of Glasgow. It dates from the late 19th century.

The sloping border is decorated with four sprays of transfer-printed flowers, enamelled with pink and pale blue. The dark blue leaves have edges and rims picked out in gold lustre.

Robert Cochran, already the owner of the Verreville Pottery in Finnieston on the Clyde, established the Britannia pottery as a modern works in 1857, primarily to meet the Canadian export trade. On his death, his son Alexander took over the business.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-025-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 850
Date: Late 19th century
Material: Red and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: LOWESTOFT / BRITANNIA POTTERY COY LTD / GLASGOW / MADE IN SCOTLAND
Dimensions: 250 mm x 190 mm D (base?); 350 mm x 280 mm (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Britannia Pottery Co., Glasgow, Scotland (Maker)
Where: Lowestoft
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Oval-shaped ashet of red and white transfer-printed earthenware with enamel and gilding, the border is decorated with four sprays of flowers, by Britannia Pottery Co. of Glasgow, late 19th century
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