Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

Belleek pottery

April 2014

 

 
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where you can find all you need about Antique
Black Mark Belleek plus all the news and events
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BELLEEK WEB SITES

Only Bellek Web Page

click on the above icon to visit
UK Group Member Ian Gower's site

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Sunshine Chapter Web Pages

click on the above image to visit the Sunshine Chapter USA website...............................................

Del Domke's Web Pages

click on the above image to visit Del Domke's Belleek Chapter Co-Ordinator website

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Fowwler Collection Web Site

click on the above image to visit
the Fowler Collection website

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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 porcelain. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village. Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' First Period pieces.

Bitterne Comport

Very Rare Bitterne Comport with Gilt Detail 1st Black Mark. Sold recently at Susanin's Auctions Chicago

"Photo featured with thanks from Susanin's Auctions - www.susanins.com".

Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our Christmas Party held at the Leigh Park Hotel and Vinery in historic Bradford on Avon near Bath. Members had a great weekend which included a trip to the famous Bath Christmas Market.We also visited the Bath Museum to inspect their varied ceramics collection and enjoy tea and a chat. Travelling from the States to join us and receiving a very warm UK Group welcome was Karen Kincheloe, member of the UK Group with her good friend Caroline who made the long journey from Texas to be with us. On Sunday we spent the morning visiting places of interest in Bradford on Avon before our afternoon meeting.

Our Next UK Group Meeting...Will be held on the 5th and 6th April. For the first time ever, a meeting North of the border in Scotland where the group will visit historic Edinburgh. Part of our schedule of events will include a visit to Holyrood House and we will also listen to a talk on the history of Scottish Nautilus Pottery

Las Vegas Sign

2013 International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October. The UK Group was represented by members who made the journey to the States. The 2013 convention was put together by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by all the attendees. Please visit our new convention page which is available by clicking on the image below.

Convention Attendees

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

Newsletter...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

Masonic Commemorative Plate

Above. A Centenary Limited Edition 'Masonic' plate commissioned by the Lodge of Research Dublin. Our thanks to the Lodge and Belleek Pottery for use of image. Available to collectors in limited numbers through Patricia McCauley at Belleek Pottery.

Daisy Decoration Daisy Decoration

Rare Belleek....Interesting Flower Decoration to Shamrock Low Cup and Saucer Third Black Mark Thanks to Fergussons House Clearance Highcliffe for use of images

Earthenware Set

Rare four piece Earthenware Bathroom Set with floral decoration. First Black Mark Our thanks to Dee Atkinson and Harrison Driffield Yorks for use of image

 

 

Shamrock Second Period

This unusual and previously unseen Shamrock Spill and Flower Holder sold at Susanin's Chicago recently

"Photo featured with thanks from Susanin's Auctions - www.susanins.com".

Rare Belleek Archive ... can be accessed left from menu options. These have been sub-divided into several areas and can be accessed using key headings, Crested, Painted, Tea Ware, Earthenware and Decorated. We will continue to add images firstly to our 'RARE Belleek Page' and then later to our individually themed pages.

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

Eugene Sheerin Gallery scene of The Erne from Castle Hill hand painted Plate. Second Period Mark to rear of plate.

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....Below rare Artichoke Cup seeks saucer for lasting 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!

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'

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

 

AND FINALLY.....OUR PIECE OF THE MONTH..Rare First Black Mark
Parian Covered Pot Pourri bowl with liner previously unseen. First mark to base

Lined Pot Pourri

Our thanks to Steven Davis Australia for use of images

 

 

 

 
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