Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

Spring 2017

 

 
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Issue 34/3

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BELLEEK WEB SITES

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

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

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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.

Celtic Tray Set 3rd Black Mark

Rare Belleek....Above Rare Low Celtic Tea Set and Tray. A very hard to find item to find these days. Third Black Mark.

Fumaria Pattern Platter

Rare Belleek....Above. Rare Earthenware Platter decorated 'Fumaria' pattern with First Black Period Mark to base.

Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our spring meeting held in and around Wilmslow Cheshire. On Saturday we were invited to view Chris and David Reynold's collections over a welcome light lunch and tea. Later we met at The Dilshad Restaurant for fine food, wine and chat. On Sunday we met at the Coach and Four Inn at Wilmslow. Bev Marvell and Tony Fox presented their latest findings and new discoveries of previously unseen tea ware. After lunch, Karen Kincheloe presented a talk on American Artist Norman Rockwell which was very informative and interesting. All too soon it was time for farewells. More to follow in our newsletter.

Spring Meeting Attendees

Lunch time spread

Belleek on display

Above. From Top. Sunday morning at the Coach and Four. Light Lunch spread and some of the super Belleek on display

Our Next UK Group Meeting will be our Summer AGM held in and around Stratford On Avon, home to William Shakespeare. On Saturday we will meet for dinner to enjoy some fine food, wine and chat. On Sunday we hold our meeting which will include our silent auction, draw for raffle prizes of Belleek and talks including the final part of 'The life of Norman Rockwell' by Karen Kincheloe.

International Belleek Collectors Gathering 28th to 30th April 2017....took place at Belleek pottery as part of their 160 year anniversary celebrations. Some collectors made the most of their time and arrived earlier to meet up with other eager 'earlybirds'. Based at the Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen for the duration, everyone enjoyed their time in County Fermanagh including below, a trip to Enniskillen Castle. Below, collectors outside the Castle and Johannah Purdon pouring slip in to the first mould of her specially commissioned 'Hope Charity' mug assisted by Fergus Cleary Head of Design at Belleek

Collectors at Enniskillen Castle

Johannah Purdon pouring slip into first mould

Belleek Gathering 27 to 29th May 2016 New Orleans.....this gathering took place in New Orleans. The Marriott Hotel was 'home' for collectors who had jetted in from around the world for a weekend of Belleek fun. Several early 'arrivers' took the opportunity to sample many local sights within the historic quarter and meet up with fellow collectors to catch up on the gossip over lunch or dinner. Below everyone gathered for a group photo. Unfortunately, Del Domke was not able to make the photo.

Gathering Convention in New Orleans

Las Vegas sign at dusk

2013 The Last 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 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. New online issue to be added shortly. We will be updating this page shortly.

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. Below very rare Flowered Tazza First Black Mark

Comport First Period

Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is almost two years since the 100th centenary events at Trillick to mark the passing of perhaps the best Belleek painter, Eugene Sheerin. Please view our gallery with pieces devoted to his work. Below view of Gap of Dunloe, Killarney on Greek Dessert Plate second period

Painted Plate by Eugene Sheerin

Mix and Match Tea Ware Service...launched during 2015, Elaine Ewings, our 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 Hand Painted Finner Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!

Finner Pattern Cup

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'

 

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AND FINALLY.....OUR PIECE OF THE MONTH..A Rare Find. Second Black Mark Flowered Basket with rare Rose Decoration. Our thanks to Paul Ewings for use of image

 

Belleek Bowl

 

 

 

 

 

 
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