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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Two various vintage jugs, including Empire Ware 'Poppy' pattern, and Belleek jug, 2nd black mark (as inspected: hairline crack to base). Height 10.5 cm and 15 cm

Belleek porcelain jug, with sparrow beak neck and baluster body, decorated with flowers and twist handles accented in pint, Belleek black mark to base,a/f, height 9 cm

Belleek floral decorative jug green mark to base, height 18 cm approx

A fine Belleek shell and coral cream jug, circa 1863-90, with first period black mark. a delicate cream shell with a lustrous interior, with a naturalistic matte pink coral handle and raised base; backstamp underside. Height 10 cm. Width 14 cm

Two miniature jugs and a Belleek dish, together with a small English vase

Early Belleek shell form trio & a jug, both with black factory mark (jug a/f)

Cream coloured black-mark Belleek jug with floral design, approx 10 cm high

A set of mid 20th century Belleek Shamrock coffee cups, jug and plate (7)

A Belleek Neptune, pattern kettle. Second period black mark, together with Shamrock Ware Belleek clover pattern bowl and cream jug. Kettle 17 cm high.

Belleek jug with applied floral decoration, firing faults, black mark

A Belleek porcelain jug, encrusted with polychrome flowers 18.5 cm high

A Belleek lustre glaze jug, early 20th century applied with flowerheads and leaves and a shell cup and saucer late 19th century, black marks. (2) 23 cm high;

Two matching Belleek porcelain ewers, third quarter 20th century, each with a shaped pouring mouth and scrolling foliate handle above the spreading body, with matching applied floral decoration on the moulded body, the larger ewer with the 'Second Green' m

Two various Belleek 2nd mark cream jugs, including lilac twist handle (imperfection to body); and tri-footed cauldron. Black 2nd marks. C.1900s. Height 9 cm (Average)

Belleek 7th mark jug. Yellow coral handle and shell decorated body. Gold 7th mark. C.1980s. Height 16 cm

Belleek 7th mark ewer. Coloured floral encrustation. Gold 7th mark. C.1980s. Height 23 cm

Belleek 4th mark Aberdeen ewer. Applied floral decoration. Green 4th mark. C. 1950s. Height 23 cm

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

A Belleek creamer, circa 1900, the lattice work body set with raised clovers and naturalistic twisted faux wooden handle. Black mark to base. Height 6 cm.

A Belleek porcelain ewer, Irish circa 1900, green mark, 19 cm high

A Belleek brown mark shamrock patterned milk jug and creamer

Belleek jug with applied prunes decoration (blackmark) impressed diamond registration mark

Belleek porcelain jug. Fine applied floral decoration. Green stamp.

A Belleek cream jug two leaf dishes triangular sweets dish and a salt cellar in the form of a shell all black mark

Jug Belleek flower encrusted with green mark ‘Aberdeen Flowered'. Height 23 cm

Jug Irish Belleek porcelain first period black mark 'Aberdeen Flowered'