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made in Glasgow

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Soup plate

This brown 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 'BORNEO' and was registered in 1890.

The centre shows a winged dragon and a bird against a background of stylized flowers. The border pattern consists of two winged dragons and two birds in scroll frameworks, with pineapple plants between.

Bells started exporting by the 1860s. Their trade with South East Asia was particularly important. After John Bell's death in 1880, the company continued with this trade, producing a remarkable range of specially designed transfer-printed oriental patterns for the area.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-643-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 777
Date: Around 1890
c. 1890
What: Not known
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: J. and M.P. Bell and Co. Ltd (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Brown transfer-printed earthenware soup plate, made for export to South East Asia, marked 'BORNEO', by J. & M.P. Bell & Co. Ltd, Glasgow, c. 1890
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