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Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

Soup plate
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This red and green transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was exported to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'DAMASCUS' and the plate dates from between 1881 and the 1920s.

The centre shows two horsemen in conversation with two seated figures. They are all wearing eastern dress. The border pattern consists of two large and two small panels with scalloped, floral borders, each showing scenes of horsemen. This pattern was also produced by Robert Cochran & Company of Glasgow and D. Methven & Sons of Kirkcaldy.

During the second half of the 19th century Bells developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market. One of the design innovations used by them was the two-coloured printed pattern, where the central motif and border were of different colours, as in this example.

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