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made at Portobello, Midlothian

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This transfer-printed earthenware chestnut basket was made by Thomas Rathbone & Company of Portobello in Midlothian. It dates from around 1820.

The pattern is called 'THE FONT'. The printed scene on the base of the interior is of a woman filling a jug with water from a well, or font. This design was also made by other potteries. It relates to a pattern, also used by Spode, often called 'girl at the well'.

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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