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 of an earthenware plate 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 & M P B & Co. Ld.' Above the belt is the pattern name 'CLEMATIS'. '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: 000-190-002-159-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 401
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: JB; CLEMATIS; J & MPB & Co LD; GLASGOW
Dimensions: 265 mm D
What: Plate
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd (Maker)
Where: Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: White glazed earthenware plate with blue transfer print, circular in shape with a markedly concave rim, inscribed on the base, made by J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd, Glasgow, 1881 - 1929
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