Soup plate (detail)

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made in Glasgow

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

This detail shows the mark of the Glasgow potters, J. and M.P. Bell and Company. It is on the base of a transfer-printed earthenware soup plate made between 1842 and 1880 and exported to South East Asia.

There were many variations in Bell's marks. This one consists of a water lily design with the company initials 'J. & M.P.B. & Co.' below and the pattern name 'VICTORIA REGIA' above.

Some of Bell's exported plates can still be found in the bazaars and markets of South East Asia.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-176-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 645
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: J & MPB & Co / 1
Dimensions: 270 mm
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. (Maker)
Description: Earthenware soup plate with a centre pattern consisting of large water lily leaves and buds, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. about 1842 - 1880 for export to south-east Asia
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