Learn about Belleek

The Belleek porcelain factory was founded in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland about 1849, after landowner John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father's estate, and undertaking a geological survey, discovered the area was rich in minerals.

Bloomfield went into partnership with a London architect and a Dublin merchant and set up a pottery business to provide work for the tenant farmers whose lives had been decimated by the Irish potato famine.

The construction of the pottery commenced in 1858, and it included a railway line to the works, so coal could be delivered for the kilns.

The company commenced producing domestic wares, but it wasn't until 1863 that small quantities of the translucent ivory-looking porcelain for which Belleek is famous, were produced.

Belleek was popular with Queen Victoria and was displayed at the great 19th century exhibitions, and enjoyed a large export market.

Typical Belleek items include figures, vases, dishes, eggshell-thin tea services, and baskets, often with delicate open lattice-work. Marine motifs were commonly used including Neptune, shells, seaweed, mermaids, dolphins and coral and wares. more...
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Belleek 'Neptune' tete-à-tete comprising a teapot, two tea cups & saucers, sugar & creamer, with textured body raised on two periwinkle shell feet, complete with original teapot cover with a finial moulded as a periwinkle shell also. Black

Antique 19th century Belleek teaset comprising of 8 cups, 10 saucers, 12 side plates, 1 cake plate, 1 milk jug & 1 sugar bowl. Early black mark.

Belleek Shamrock part tea set comprising a tea kettle, teapot, creamer & a cup & saucer with an organic form handle & finial, a lattice form body with overlay shamrock motifs. Black stamp to the bases, unmarked cup & saucer. Condition fair, chips to the mo

Belleek 'Neptune' part teaset with textured body raised on two periwinkle shell feet, complete with original teapot cover with a finial moulded as a periwinkle shell also. Black stamp to the base. Condition good, minor expected age related wear. Height of

Large vintage Belleek teapot black factory mark to base, 15 cm high approx

Belleek porcelain tea service comprising of a tray, tea pot, milk & sugar. Reg no 0857 (4)

A Belleek - grass pattern kettle sugar bowl and cover and teapot. First period black mark, each with moulded grass with pink tint.

A Belleek- Neptune Dejeuner set. Second black mark green tint, comprising of cabaret tray, teapot, sugar basin, creamer and two cups and saucers.

A Belleek 'Grass' pattern teapot, with bird's head spout C1900 Second period black mark, small fret to spout 20 cm at widest

18 piece Belleek 3rd mark tea set. 6 trios. Yellow wash. Black 3rd marks. C.1930s.

25 piece Belleek tea set. Shell decoration with lemon highlights. 7 cups, saucers and plates, creamer and sugar bowl (and two additional plates). Green 6th mark. C.1970s.

12 piece Belleek Tridacna part tea set. Two cups, 5 saucers and 5 side plates. Black 3rd marks. C.1930s.

Belleek 4th mark marine teapot. Embossed with yellow coral and scallops. Green 4th mark. C.1950s. Height 16 cm

Second mark (second black) Belleek shamrock on basket weave lidded teapot and milk jug. A/f to milk jug

A Belleek porcelain 'Shamrock' tea pot. 1965-1981, the whole wicker-moulded, white-glazed and painted with shamrocks, the handle green and brown-glazed, the cover conforming, the base with the 'third green' printed mark. Height 10.5 cm.

A Belleek rare teapot, first black mark, grass pattern with moulded blue and green grass with red seeds and a basket weave handle on a cream ground. Height 19 cm.

A Belleek cone pattern tete a tete set, first black mark with tray teapot sugar bowl and three teacups and saucers of bulbous form with moulded lozenge decoration and pink moulded handles. Tray length 43 cm and width 36 cm.

A Belleek Tridacna pattern tea service comprising a cake plate, milk jug, sugar bowl and five teacup and saucers and side plates

A mid-19th century Belleek 'Egg shell Tridacna tea ware' teapot, with gilt highlights to the domed cover and spout. Pattern number D356. Black first mark (1863 - 1890). Height 12 cm.

Belleek teapot with grape and bacchanalian motifs, black mark

A Belleek first black mark twelve piece frosted pink coral teaset including the matching tray, in frosted pink and ivory with gold accents, the three cups, (with saucers), creamer, sugar cover and teapot and cover with coral section handles in frosted pink

A rare Irish Belleek second black markTridacna pattern tea service, comprising a teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and six teacups and saucers each with moulded fluted decoration and pink handles

Belleek Shamrock tea set for two, Mostly Second black period

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