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. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. It is on the base of a transfer-printed earthenware soup 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. & M.P.B. & Co. Ld.'. Around the bell are the words 'TRADE/MARK'. In a scroll below the belt is the pattern name 'CHANTILLEY'.

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: 000-190-002-193-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 876
Date: 1881 - 1929
Between 1881 and the 1920s
Material: Glazed earthenware. Inscription: J. & M.P.B. & Co LD / TRADE MARK / CHANTILLEY
Dimensions: 240 mm D x 45 mm Depth x 240 mm W (of rim)
What: Plate, soup
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Glazed earthenware soup plate, the plate has been printed in pink with pale blue and pale green highlights, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, 1881 - 1920s
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