Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

Summer 2021


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New Issue added Summer 2021

Belleek UK Group Newletter

newsletter 39-2



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UK Group Member Ian Gower's site



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



click on the above image to visit
the Fowler Collection website







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.

Above...very Rare Tall Celery Vase First Black Mark period. Our thanks to Paul and Elaine Ewings for use of image and top, High Gilt and Lustre decoration to this Chinese First Period Tea Set

International Centrepiece in detail

Rare Belleek....This Belleek International Centrepiece was the subject of much debate and admiration on Facebook at the start of the year. Believed produced in the 1940's this has a green mark label to base.The International Centrepiece is an extremely rare piece to find with probably less than 30 maybe even 20 early examples ever crafted. They rarely come up for sale with an example sold during 1988 at the 'Horace Manning Mann' collection sale in Houston Texas. At the time of this update examples are held in museum collections including the Bruce Museum in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2012 Belleek recreated the Centrepiece with a limited edition run of 5 priced at £75000 each. John Doogan and Brendan McCauley with Centrepiece below.

International Centrepiece 2012 limited edition of 5

First Period Piano Candlestick

Above....Unusual high decoration to this Piano Candlestick. First Period piece

Belleek Low Ring Handle Cup and Saucer Third Black Mark

Above...Very Rare Third Black Mark Period 'Low' Ring Handle Cup and Saucer

Shamrock Vase Second Black Mark

Above....Unusual and rare and well detailed Shamrock Vase Second Black Mark. Our thanks to EBay seller beckcarson for use of image


Our 2020 Christmas Party 'Zoom' Meeting...this was our third 'Zoom Meeting' and was held on 13th December and what a party it was. A more informal chance to get together for a chat, share viewing some collections online and enjoy some Christmas spirit in these very difficult times. We were lucky to enjoy viewings of the collections of Johannah Purdon, Doctor Irvine Steinberg,Marck Laine and Del Domke plus Moira Bailey showed us some of her pieces along with Marilynn Orbann. Ian and Jane Gower shared some of their favourite pieces This was our largest on line meeting so far with 30 participants. A few technical glitches, but a fantastic two hours spent in each others company. As Johannah Purdon added, the gathering of 'Our Belleek Family'.

Our 2021 Spring UK Group Meeting... Was held on 21 March 2021. Once again, the meeting was held online via Zoom and included a Forum and presentations on Ring Handle Tea Ware. Also, our theme for the Meeting was 'St Patrick's Day' and Easter. Below a Ring Handle Tea Service in 'Fern' pattern

Ring Handle Fern Pattern

Our Next UK meeting Group Meeting... Will be our AGM and will be held on Sunday 25th July. This will be a Zoom online meeting once again. In addition to the AGM, our theme for the meeting will be 'It looks like Belleek'. Looking forward to sharing the meeting with our associate members joining us from America and further afield.

First Black Mark period bone china with Cross of Constantine emblem

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

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. Since 2013 the Collectors Society have organised 'Gatherings'. The last was held at Belleek during October 2019 which was also a joint meeting of UK and Northern Ireland Groups too.

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 and use the paypal link further down this home page.. New issues have been added.

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. Below extremely rare full Celtic Tea Set with Tray

celtic tray set

Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is now more than five 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 recent finds at auction, our thanks to Chorleys Auctioneers for use of image, two scene plates depicted unidentified houses, signed E Sheerin to right and further image below from a recently discovered pair of Greek Plates A View of Ross Castle, Killarney, Second Black Mark which has now been added to our 'Sheerin Gallery'

Eugene Sheerin house Scene plates

Eugene Sheerin Plate

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 Rare Finner Pattern Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!

Belleek Finner Cup Second Period

Belleek Videos..NEW. link to Belleek 160th Anniversary RTE 'Nationwide' programme HERE

We have recently discovered an interesting RTE programme which can be accessed by clicking the link above. Although this can be viewed in the UK, viewing from overseas may not be possible due to copyright or similar issues. Other items avaialable on our Videos page include a 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
a 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 Elliot, 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' this will probably start with an advert which you can skip if needed!

Hands video



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AND FINALLY.....our latest 'PIECE OF THE MONTH previously unrecorded Second Period Jug our thanks to e bay seller coc-by-welch

Second period unrecorded jug Second Period Mark
Unrecorded second period jug






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