In 1857, John Bloomfield, a landowner in County Fermanagh in Ireland, decided to exploit deposits of felspar and kaolin on his property. He formed a partnership with Robert William Armstrong, who had worded with the Worcester porcelain factory, and David McBirney, a merchant, to build a factory in the small town of Belleek.
At first the factory produced only domestic and industrial earthenware but, by 1863, it was making decorative Parian wares for which it quickly established a worldwide reputation. As well as busts and statues, which are the most common Parian wares (which look like marble), Belleek made elaborate table centrepieces and vases, extremely light tea services, ornaments, lamps, jugs and other items, all with great delicacy of modeling. Many Belleek wares had a nautical theme such as shell, fish or coral motifs.
The most characteristic Belleek pieces are its baskets. Porcelain baskets were first made in Staffordshire in the 1860s but those produced by Belleek have always been outstanding. The baskets are built up in a woven lattice of two, three or four strands of clay. The are usually decorated with applied flowers.
Belleek wares have always been widely collected, particularly in America. The factory is now under American ownership.
Belleek ceramics available now
(Clicking on an item of interest will open a new window)
Belleek of Ireland Small Milk Jug
on March 19, 2019 at 5:07 am
AU $35.00 (0 Bids)End Date: Friday Mar-29-2019 16:07:25 ESTBid now | Add to watch list […]
BELLEEK SHAMROCK TREE VASE C-1950,S GREEN STAMP
on March 19, 2019 at 3:39 am
AU $10.00 (0 Bids)End Date: Tuesday Mar-26-2019 14:39:14 ESTBid now | Add to watch list […]
PAIR IRISH BELLEEK PORCELAIN VASES EMBOSSED GRAPE LEAF VINE PATTERN
on March 18, 2019 at 11:47 am
AU $139.00End Date: Wednesday Apr-17-2019 21:47:49 ESTBuy It Now for only: AU $139.00Buy It Now | Add to watch list […]
Belleek Fermanagh Shell Spill Vase Cornucopia Green Mark 5” Tall
on March 18, 2019 at 10:49 am
AU $45.00 (0 Bids)End Date: Thursday Mar-28-2019 21:49:45 ESTBid now | Add to watch list […]
Vintage BELLEEK IRELAND Porcelain HARP ORNAMENT Very Good Condition
on March 17, 2019 at 9:48 am
AU $24.99 (0 Bids)End Date: Sunday Mar-24-2019 20:48:19 ESTBid now | Add to watch list […]