Bowl (1 of 2)

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made in Glasgow

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Bowl (1 of 2)

This lustre-glazed earthenware bowl, dating from between 1842 and 1880 was made by the Glasgow potters J. & M.P. Bell & Company. The pattern is called 'BRITISH & FOREIGN BIRDS'.

The outside of the bowl is decorated with dark blue transfer-printed branches on which are painted green leaves and two exotic birds.

This company, which became one of the biggest and best known potteries in Scotland, was founded by the brothers John and Matthew Perston Bell and was in production by 1842. The Glasgow Pottery, or 'Bells' as it was more commonly known, produced a wide range of wares.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-273-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 552
Date: Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Porcelain? lustre ware. Inscription: BRITISH / & FOREIGN / BIRDS / J & M P B & Co.
Dimensions: 95 mm approx H x 87 mm D (base) x 174 mm D (rim)
What: Bowl
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Description: Lustre ware bowl, possibly of porcelain, with a hemispherical shape, decorated on the outside and inside with dark blue prints of branches and two exotic birds, and inscribed on the base
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