Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

October 2017

 

 
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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.

Neptune limited edition flowered plate

neptune plate marking

Rare Belleek....Above. Limited Edition Neptune Rose Decorated plate Third Period Mark to base. Edition limited to 300 pieces. Our thanks to shelleyhighendcollectibles for use of image and below an extremely rare example of a Belleek Quiver Vase our thanks to ebay seller ebla2198 and below that, Rare Blue Celtic Tea Ware Oval Tea Pot Third Period Mark

Quiver Vase First Period

Recent UK Group Meetings....Our Summer Meeting was held in Stratford On Avon. On Saturday afternoon members took to the River Avon for a tour from Stratford. Later, we all met at 'Marcos New York Italian Restaurant in Chapel Street for dinner. Next day, our AGM was held at The Arrden Hotel on Waterside. Our annual Silent Auction was held and also the group drew tickets for our popular annual raffle to win early Black Mark Belleek. During the afternoon, Karen Kincheloe concluded her talk on popular american painter, Norman Rockwell.

Our Next UK Group Meeting will be our Autumn Meeting to be held in and around Arundel, confirmed date is 22/22 October 2017 Planned events include a Treasure Hunt, Bring and Tell, Theme of Baskets, Talk by Jan Golaszewski

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 earlier in 2017

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

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 NEWSLETTER ADDED OCTOBER 2017

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..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, 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.....TWO PIECES OF THE MONTH..A Rare Find. Blue Tinted Neptune Cup Saucer. Second Period Robinson and Cleaver Belfast Retailer Mark. Our thanks to ebay seller Nunraw for use of image

Rare Neptune Blue Tint

Neptune Cup and Saucer, highly decorated.

Above. Second Black Mark highly decorated Neptune Cup Saucer and Plate with Second Period Marks to reverse. Our thanks to ebay seller Sirmioni for use of image

 

 

 

 

 
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