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possibly made in Musselburgh, East Lothian

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This clear glazed cream ware bowl was made in the 1820s, possibly by Reid's Pottery of Musselburgh in East Lothian.

The bowl has a cushion foot and a deep band of moulded crossed basket weave set with three cartouches printed and painted with sprigs of flowers. The inside has three similar groups of flowers around the upper part.

Pottery has been made in Scotland since prehistoric times, but it was not until the 18th century that domestic pottery began to be mass produced on an industrial scale. By the early 1800s, potteries in Musselburgh, Portobello and Prestonpans, all near Edinburgh, were producing a wide range of wares, from soft-paste porcelain to transfer-printed earthenware.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-427-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 928
Date: 1820s
Material: Clear glazed cream ware
Dimensions: 78 mm H x 160 mm D (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Reid's Pottery, Musselburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Musselburgh
Description: Clear glazed cream ware bowl with a cushion foot and with a deep band of moulded crossed basket weave set with three cartouches, possibly by Reid's Pottery of Musselburgh
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