Ashet (detail)

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Ashet (detail)

This detail shows the trademark of the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The mark is on the base of a glazed transfer-printed earthenware oval ashet, made between 1881 and the 1920s.

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'. On the scroll underneath, is the pattern name 'COREA'.

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: 000-190-002-154-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 176
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: J & MPB & Co / TRADE MARK / COREA / 16 / JB
Dimensions: 35 mm Depth; 455 mm x 345 mm (rim)
What: Ashet
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Corea (Stamped on the base of the ashet)
J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Oval ashet of white glazed earthenware, with a dark grey printed pattern of sunflowers, foliage and butterflies on the flat rim, made by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow, 1881 - 1929
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