Cake stand

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Cake stand.
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Cake stand

This cake stand, also known as a 'comport', is one of four low stands from a pink porcelain dessert service made by the Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell & Company. The company started producing this type of porcelain service in the 1860s.

The top of the cake stand is decorated with a hand-painted view of Scottish scenery.

Bells, one of the largest Scottish potteries, were aiming for the expanding middle-class market, with its growing interest in a romantic view of the Scottish landscape. Many Glasgow brides bought services similar to this for their best china cupboard.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-192-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 1139
Date: Around 1860s
Material: Pink porcelain
Dimensions: 52 mm H x 235 mm rim D x 140 mm base D
What: Comport
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. (Maker)
Description: One of four low comports from a pink porcelain plate service, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co.
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