Wash bowl

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made in Glasgow

Postcard of Wash bowl.
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Wash bowl

This transfer-printed earthenware wash bowl was made by the Glasgow potters J. and M.P. Bell & Company Ltd. It dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The bottom of the interior has been transfer-printed with a rustic scene of a thatched cottage surrounded by a frame of oak branches and leaves. The interior sides have three similarly framed scenes.

Like many other potteries in the second half of the 19th century, Bell's most popular ware was transfer-printed earthenware, which was durable, decorative and affordable by the masses. Some designs were extremely well produced.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-029-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 943
Date: Second half of the 19th century
Material: Clear glazed earthenware. Inscription: [a bell] / B
Dimensions: 138 mm H x 390 mm D
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Wash bowl of clear glazed earthenware with curved sides, transfer-printed on the inside in black with a rustic scene of a thatched cottage, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow
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