Soup plate

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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This blue and red transfer-printed earthenware dinner plate was made for export to South East Asia, by the Glasgow potters, J. and M.P. Bell and Company Ltd. The pattern is called 'JOHORE' and was registered in 1887.

The centre shows an open fan displaying a view of a river and two junks. The border pattern consists of six panels depicting birds, butterflies and small boats on water.

During the second half of the 19th century Bells developed a range of designs specially geared to the Eastern market. One of the design innovations used by them was the two-coloured printed pattern, where the central motif and border were of different colours, as in this example.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-320-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 686
Date: Around 1887
c. 1887
Material: Earthenware. Inscription: JOHORE / J&MPB&CoLd / TRADE MARK / Rd No 83485
Dimensions: 235 mm
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: Earthenware soup plate with the centre showing a fan depicting a river and two junks, by J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd of Glasgow, for export to south-east Asia, c. 1887
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