Plate (detail)

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Plate (detail)

The detail shows the mark of the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. It is on the base of a glazed 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. On the belt are the initials 'J & MPB & Co Ld'. Around the bell are the words 'TRADE/MARK'. Above the belt is the pattern name 'DEESIDE'.

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: 000-190-002-184-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 832
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Blue / white glazed earthenware. Inscription: DEESIDE / J and M P B and Co Ltd / TRADE / MARK / JB
Dimensions: 277 mm D (rim)
What: Plate
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Plate of blue white glazed earthenware, with an abstract decoration of scrolls, diaper pattern and flowers on the rim, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow, 1881 - 1920s
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