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made in Glasgow

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Side plate

This transfer-printed earthenware side plate was made for export to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'KEELIN HONG' and was registered in 1889.

The centre shows a dragon and an exotic bird with large feathers. The border pattern consists of four frames filled with octopus-like tentacles. The frames are separated by a scale pattern.

Bells started exporting by the 1860s. Their trade with South East Asia was particularly important.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-503-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1993.592
Date: Around 1889
c. 1889
Dimensions: 165 mm D
What: Plate
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Indonesia, Java, Djakarta
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Side plate made for export by J. and M.P. Bell and Co, Glasgow Pottery, in blue "Keelin Hong" printed pattern: collected Djakarta, Java, Indonesia, 1991, c. 1889
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