Plate (detail)

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Plate (detail)

This detail shows the mark of the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. It is on the base an century earthenware plate dating from between 1881 and the 1920s. The plate is transfer-printed with a design of chickens hatching, with the title, 'EVICTION' underneath.

There were many variations in Bell's marks. This one consists of a circular belt with a bell in the centre and a scroll underneath. On the belt are the initials 'J & MPB & Co Ld'. Around the bell are the words 'TRADE/MARK'. 'GLASGOW' is on the scroll underneath.

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: 000-190-002-152-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 132
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Cream glazed earthenware. Inscription: EVICTION; base: JP on a bell / J. & M.P.B. & Co Ld on a belt / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 300 mm max W
What: Plate
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Hexagonal-shaped cream glazed earthenware plate with a printed purple design of chickens hatching, titled "EVICTION", marked "J. & M.P.B. & Co Ld / GLASGOW", for J. and M.P. Bell, 1881 - 1929
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