Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

January 2016.. Happy New Year from the UK Group


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Black Mark Belleek plus all the news and events
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The United Kingdom Group. For those who do not know us, we are a group based in the United Kingdom for
collectors of Irish Belleek Parian and Earthenware. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village. Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' Period pieces.


Above... Last month we chose an exceedingly rare Earthenware Dinner Plate decorated with Masonic Emblems
as our piece of the month for December. Even rarer is this Ring Handle Pattern Parian Side Plate again with Masonic Symbol decoration shown above from a recent E Bay auction. Our thanks to ebay seller linton9101

Rare Belleek....Above. Greek Pierced Dessert Plate First Black Mark with Turquoise and Gilt detail

Eugene Sheerin Gallery...our gallery of painted Sheerin pieces has just been updated and features several previously unseen examples of his work above...Set painted for Cardinal Farley Cup and Saucer Upper Lake Killarney/On The Erne near Belleek

Rare Belleek....above, recently sold on ebay, rare and unusual 'shamrock shaped' pin dish. To date, previously unseen piece with second period mark to base. Our thanks to ebay seller umakafka for use of images

Rare Hand Painted Cyril Arnold Game Bird Cup and Saucer

Rare Game Bird Cup and Saucer Cyril Arnold Painter

Rare Belleek....Part of a Cyril Arnold Hand Painted Game Bird Ring Handle Pattern Coffee Service depicting Wild Ducks and Grouse both Third Black Mark

Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our Christmas Party held in the City of Birmingham brimming with Christmas events and festivities. We managed to squeeze in a visit to the Birds Custard Factory - now converted into arty shops (where we had a coffee/cake stop with other Belleekers), the continental market, new trendy library, an exhibition on pre-Raphaelite art in the Museum and Art Gallery, and a wee bit of shopping! Then a party in the evening at the hotel we were staying in, Christmas dinner and crackers, dancing – although after a while this interfered with our chatting, so we retired to the bar. Below, Balloon blowing contest. It was a tie between Chris and Jan's master creations!!

Our Next UK Group Meeting... will be a welcome trip to the University City of Oxford on the weekend of 12th and 13th March 2016. Planned events so far include a private tour of the Ashmolean Museum plus our usual socialising!

2013 International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the
Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October. Below is a group photo of all attendees. The UK Group was well represented with members who made the journey to the States. The 2013 convention was arranged by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by all the attendees. Please click HERE to visit our special 2013 Convention page

Belleek Attendees 2013

Belleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013 To view images and news from each and every International convention please click on ' Convention Home Page' in main menu left

Belleek Gathering Stateside 2016.... we have advanced notice details sent via Del Domke and Facebook for a planned gathering in the States which is planned to take place in and around New Orleans. TENTATIVE BELLEEK GATHERING WEEKEND NEW ORLEANS MARRIOTT Friday 5/27/16 – Saturday 05/28/16 $199 for Weekend includes – Friday night cocktail party Saturday night dinner 6 – 8 Table available for selling. Room for gathering and socializing.

Room rates for week end- approximately $169 a night plus state and local taxes these rates may also be available during the following week, but please check with Joannah Purdon, co-ordinator. If you have problems contacting Johannah or do not subscribe to Facebook, please use our 'Contact Us' page to ask for email details for Johannah.

Belleek Web Sites.. See list left for related Belleek sites...If we've left your site out, please let us know!

Newsletter...Our Newsletters page is being updated. Please click on the image above left column to view our latest online release. Now available woth Issue 34-1 to follow soon.. Most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member. Please click on our Join Us page to find out more

Research Pages.... Please click on menu above left to view our updated research papers which are now available.

Eugene Sheerin Gallery 'On The Erne'. Second Period Mark One of the pieces above included in talk given at our UK Group October 2014 meeting. The Gallery has been updated recently

Identifying and Valuing Belleek Pieces... We are happy to help members and collectors identify pieces of Belleek but are unable to assist with valuations

Mix and Match Cup and Saucer Service...launched last year, Elaine Ewings, our new co-ordinator says the service is going well, some sucessful matches this year putting members in touch to follow up. The aims of 'Mix and Match' is to unite collectors who may want to buy or swap tea ware pieces to match and complete sets. Use our 'Contact Us' link for more information.relationship!!

Belleek Videos.. page recently launched. Link to page added to main menu left. We have discovered
some interesting Belleek related short films on You Tube .Now available... link to Jason Fowler's six videos of
his collection and an interesting link to a UTV programme called 'Lesser Spotted Ulster' which visits Belleek plus
an interesting look at a museum in Geelong, Australia with what is billed as the largest collection of Belleek
in the southern Hemisphere..unless of course, you know differently.

Above...We recently found this 2011 BBC News article relating to the return of one of the Belleek Pottery Visitors
Book from 1870 please click on image above to view

Belleek Videos..'Hands' Belleek Pottery commissioned a special one hour video film in 1987. Although
copies occasionally appear for sale on E Bay or Amazon, they are not found easily. Fortunately, there is a
copy held 'on line' and is an excellent snapshot of how Belleek was produced back in the 80's. It is great
to see so many familiar faces including Jim Flanagan, Albert, Fergus Cleary, John Doogan, Liam McCauley,
Vincent McCauley and Hugh O'Reilly to name a few. The video was shot before George Moore purchased
the pottery and invested in rebuilding the works. The pottery was still virtually untouched and remained
that way through the 1980's. The film is well worth watching and lasts for an hour. Unfortunately
there are adverts that pop up during the film. Without the adverts, historic films such as 'Hands' would not
be available on the web.

Click here for 1980's Belleek Video 'Hands'

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AND FINALLY.....OUR PIECE OF THE MONTH....Rare Art Deco Inspired 'Square' Tea Plates decorated with hand painted shamrocks with Third Black PeriodMarks to base. Our thanks to E Bay seller Tommysdad.

Shamrock Square Side Plates 3rd Black Period

Shamrock Plate Third Period Mark

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