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 'Rose Isle' vase ivory-glazed with a scalloped rim tapering to an urn-form body flanked by scrolled handles extending to floral decorations applied to body, on one side a bouquet of roses and on the other a spray of carnations, over a quadr

Belleek 'Daisy' vase having raised floral detail & painted with shamrocks. Height 22.5 cm

Belleek 'Shamrock' harp figurine and a vase, height 21.5 cm approx (tallest)

Large Belleek twin handle vase, with raised floral decoration, height 32 cm

Two pairs of Belleek vases, a flower pair and an owl pair, 1965-1980, 6th period mark or 3rd green mark (flower pair); and 1980-1992, 7th period brown mark (owl pair), the vases in matching pearlised cream and lemon colours comprising a pair of scalloped t

Belleek vase with applied floral decoration - green mark

Belleek, shamrock, basket weave, vase number 837 porcelain, green mark, approx 12 cm high

Belleek two trumpet vase on a floral base surrounded by a Bodhrán, a whistle & a pan flute. First mark black stamp to the base. Condition good, minor age related wear. Height 20 cm

Superb Belleek basket weave vase with applied floral decoration 'Spring Meadow'

An Irish Belleek, mythical dolphin and shell vase, late 19th / early 20th century, with printed factory mark 1891-1926. Height 19.2 cm

Three various Belleek 2nd green mark figures, including horse trumpet vase; sitting pig; & elfin figure. Height 8 cm (horse)

A Belleek porcelain vase, 19th century base formed by two dolphins intertwining, with applied snail and butterfly decoration, first black mark (1863-1890) 30.5 cm high, (losses)

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

A pair of Belleek shell form spill vases on coral base, second black back stamp. Height 23 cm.

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

Belleek 2nd mark table vase. Shell and pink coral. Black 2nd mark. C. 1900s. Hairline and rim chips to central flute. Height 11.5 cm

Two similar Belleek vases. Applied floral decorations. Black 3rd mark, and black mark 2nd mark. Small losses. Height 15 cm

Two various Belleek 1st mark wall vases. Swan and lyre form; and maiden and basket (same with top restored and chips). Black 1st marks. C.1890s. Height 20 cm (average)

Belleek 2nd mark swan vase. Black 2nd mark. C.1900s. Height 12 cm

Belleek 2nd mark thistle form vase. Black 2nd mark. C.1900s. Crack to top thistle cup. Height 22 cm

Belleek 1st mark bird and nest vase. Three upper and three lower branch form apertures. Black 1st period mark c.1890s. Restored - as inspected. Height 26 cm

Belleek shell form vase. Coral form column and circular base. Black John Mortlock, London stamp, and impressed mark. C.1900s. 1 coral branch missing. Height 22 cm

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

Belleek 3rd mark vase. Everted rim and shamrock decoration. Black 3rd mark. C.1930s. Height 21 cm

Belleek 1st mark shell vase. Orange coral base. Black 1st mark. C.1890s. Height 11 cm

Belleek 4th mark vase. Coloured and applied floral decoration. Green 4th mark. C.1950s. Height 23 cm

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