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made in Glasgow

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This red and blue transfer-printed earthenware soup plate was made for export to South East Asia by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd. The pattern is called 'BURONG MERAK' and was registered in 1903.

The centre shows two peacocks and a dragon entwined with branches of vegetation. The border pattern consists of fabulous fish and dragons alternating with stylized flowers in frames.

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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