Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

July 2018

 

 
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Black Mark Belleek plus all the news and events
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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.

 

Rare Belleek.... Highly Decorated Belleek Trademark plate. First Black Mark Period. Our thanks to the EC Murphy Collection for use of image.

Rare Belleek....Above. Extremely Rare Decoration to Ring Handle Jug, pattern number 308 First Period, (left) and right an extremely rare example of an Earthenware Milk Jug commissioned for the Clare Militia which was based in County Clare. First Black Period. Below, this interesting raised flower decrated version of the Shamrock pierced vase sold resently for £600 plus commission. A 'one off' piece. Our thanks to Greenslade Taylor Hunt auctioneers, Taunton for use of image.

Recent 2017 UK Group Meetings....Our Autumn meeting was held in and around Arundel, West Sussex. Packed full of historic buildings, excellent antique shops and a castle, there was so much to do. We gathered for an excellent lunch at the St Mary's Gate Inn near to the Cathedral. Following time to explore the streets of Arundel, we gathered for dinner at the India Gate restaurant in the heart of the town. On Sunday morning we met for a treasure hunt around the town which built up our appetite for a retun to St Mary's Gate for lunch. Our afternoon meeting was held in the nearby St Mary's Centre. We had a suoerb display of baskets shown above which members had been asked to bring. Lively discussion followed on the pieces displayed. Not all were Belleek. Later on, Jan Golaszewski gave a talk entitled 'Time on my Hands'. All too soon it was time for farewells.

Our Last UK Group Meeting was our Spring 2018 Meeting held in and around South East Cornwall. Our Weekend began on Friday with a visit to view co-host Ann's collection along with afternoon tea then later on, out to dinner in Looe. Saturday included lunch at hosts Simon and Melanie's plus Belleek viewing. In the evening we gathered for dinner at the Hannafore Point Hotel. Sunday was our main meeting day with talks on Belleek Marks and Reticulated Belleek plus an afternoon forum discussing Belleek earthenware. A good selection of pieces was brought to the table for discussion. That evening we had a further get together for a farewell evening meal in Looe.

Our Next UK Group Meeting...is our AGM Meeting to be held over the weekend 21st and 22nd July. We will return to the Coach and Four in Wilmslow Cheshire which we last visited in April 2017. As usual we will hold our popular Silent Auction during this meeting

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

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 February 2018

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 Greek Plate 'Purple Mountain' painted by Eugene Sheerin Second Black Mark

Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is almost three 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 near Laputa on the River Erne from set commissioned by Cardinal Farley, Second Black Mark

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 Ring Handle Garland Decorated Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!

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.....'PIECE OF THE MONTH'..A Rare Find. Ring Handle Bread Plate with forget me not type flowered decoration. First Period Mark to base and pattern number 298. Our thanks to ebay seller Mildred Jessie

 

Ring Handle Bread Plate

 

 

 

 

 

 
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