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Postcard of Ashet.
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An ashet is a large plate, platter or serving dish. This transfer-printed earthenware example was made by the Glasgow potters, J. & M.P. Bell & Company. It dates from between 1842 and 1880.

The pattern is called 'JAPANESE'. Included in the decoration are a rolled-up rug, a fan and pussy willow twigs.

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: 000-100-103-898-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 619
Date: 1842 - 1880
Between 1842 and 1880
Material: Grey-white transfer printed earthenware. Inscription: J & M P B & Co / JAPANESE / JB / IG
Dimensions: 340 mm x 230 mm (base); 340 mm x 450 mm (rim)
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Grey-white transfer-printed earthenware ashet, transfer-printed in grey on one side with twigs and on the base with a bell and lettering, made by J. and M.P. Bell and Co., Glasgow, 1842 - 1880
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