Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

August 2018


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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.


Our Recent UK Group Meetings... Our AGM Summer meeting was held over the weekend of 21st and 22nd July with our venue being the Coach and Four in Wilmslow Cheshire which we last visited in April 2017. As usual we held our popular Silent Auction during this meeting. Saturday afternoon open house at Chris and David's to view their Belleek and other collections. That evening, we gathered at the Dilshad for dinner. More to follow in our next newsletter. On Sunday our forum theme was 'Reminds me of Belleek'. None of the items below were Belleek. Also we drew our annual raffle for pieces of Black Mark Belleek which included Natulisl on Coral with rare orange colourway and Celtic Bowl

Our Spring 2018 Meeting was 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. More on this meeting in our very latest newsletter issued July 2018

Our Next UK Group Meeting...will be our Autumn Meeting to be held in and around Newark. Planned theme and forum discussion for ther Sunday is 'Crested Belleek Pieces

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'..Earthenware Tea Pot Stand with Belleek Eniskillen Roundel mark to base






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