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Bowl (detail), associated with Robert Burns

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

Bowl (detail), associated with Robert Burns
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This detail shows the mark on the base of an earthenware bowl made by the Clyde Pottery of Greenock in Renfrewshire. The bowl is transfer-printed with scenes and lines from Robert Burns's poem 'Tam O'Shanter ' and dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The mark consists of the pattern name 'TAM O' SHANTER' and the company name 'CLYDE POTTERY'.

A pottery at Greenock was established in 1815 under the title of 'The Clyde Pottery Company'. It was run by Thomas Shirley & Co from the 1840s until 1857. Thereafter, it continued as the Clyde Pottery Company Ltd until 1863. From then until 1900 it was known as the Clyde Pottery Company and from 1900 until its closure in 1905, it reverted back to Clyde Pottery Company Ltd.

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