Soup plate (detail)

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

Postcard of Soup plate (detail).
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Soup plate (detail)

This detail show two marks of the Clyde Pottery Company of Greenock in Renfrewshire. One mark is transfer-printed, the other impressed. They are on the base of a transfer-printed earthenware soup plate dating from between 1863 and 1900.

The transfer-printed mark is of a hump back bridge over a waterfall with the text, 'BRITISH RIVERS' on the bridge and 'C.P. & Co' (for the Clyde Pottery Company) in the water. The impressed oval mark contains a sailing ship surrounded by the text 'CLYDE POTTERY/GREENOCK'.

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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Online ID: 000-190-002-166-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 587
Date: 1863 - 1900
Between 1863 and 1900
Material: Blue and white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: BRITISH / RIVERS / C.P. & Co / CLYDE POTTERY / GREENOCK
Dimensions: 47 mm H; 270 mm x 20 mm (rim)
What: Soup plate
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clyde Pottery, Greenock (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Renfrewshire, Greenock
Description: Soup plate of blue and white transfer-printed earthenware, decorated with a design showing a man, woman and child in early 19th century dress, by Clyde Pottery of Greenock, 1863 - 1900
  • Boa V, Denholm P, Quail G. The Clyde Pottery. Greenock 1860-1905. Inverclyde District Libraries: 1987 
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