J. & M. P. Bell (& Co.) (Ltd.), Glasgow Pottery, Dobbies Loan,
Finally becoming unable to compete with the growing industries of England and Holland, the company ceased functioning in 1910. Complete liquidation, however, was not completed until 1923; hence the two dates.
According to www.scottishceramics.ch, the works of the Bell’s Glasgow Pottery can be classified in five major categories:
1. Cities, Regions and States: ‘Batavia”; “Celebes”; “Borneo”; “Siam”
2. Animals: “Dragon”; “Ayam”; “Jantan”; “Burong Kupu”; “Ikan China”
3. Flowers and Fruits: “Buah-Buah”; “Dhurian-Nanas”
4. Geometrical Patterns: “Sexagon”; “Kembang Bintang”; “Castile”
5. Various: “Kapal Besar”; “Tarlalu Bagus”
Designs can be found in bold shades of red, brown, blue, green, yellow (quite rare) and combinations of these colors. Some patterns have been seen in five or more different colors, while others seem limited to one or two.
To the delight of collectors, each piece bears the pattern name and the British Registration Number, one of the forty or so that were recorded with the London Patent Office. Note: Caution should be used when automatically attributing a piece with an impressed “B” to Thomas Barlow; the Bell manufactory used an impressed “B” from 1842 until 1910.
(See www.bellsglasgowpottery.com for much more information on the Bell pottery and the family.)