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Belleek Pottery

The ethereal elegance of Belleek porcelain in its iconic pearly-white palette has been a hallmark of Irish porcelain production since the close of the 19th century. Still coveted today, Belleek pieces in perfect condition are increasingly difficult to find.

John Caldwell Bloomfield founded Belleek pottery. Named after the Northern Ireland town of its founding, Belleek began making small wares at the end of the 1850s. Early in the following decade, Belleek designers began to produce Parian porcelain, a bisque porcelain with a subtle white hue and delicate texture that was key to the refined aesthetics of Belleek’s designs. Within a few years, Belleek’s clientele worldwide skyrocketed due to their perfection of the art of porcelain. Their pieces were both delicate and dynamic, characteristics accentuated by the fine luster of the porcelain’s surface.

Though Belleek is still in production today, it is its antique and vintage pieces that are the most desired, particularly when they survive in exceptional condition.


Quick Facts

  • Bloomfield inherited the Castle Caldwell estate in 1849, which included in its holdings the hamlet of Belleek. His late discovery that the locale was rich in the minerals essential to porcelain creation spurred the facility’s location
  • The name "Belleek" is derived from the Gaelic language. It translates roughly into "Flagstone Ford"
  • England’s Queen Victoria was one of the most prominent fans of Belleek’s wares. Further advancing Belleek’s presence on the international market was their elaborate display at the 1987 Dublin Exposition

Recommended Items at Auction

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Large Belleek Virgin Mary Figure
Dec 04, 3:00 PM PST
Large Belleek Virgin Mary Figure
by Clark's Auction Company
Est: $200- $400
$1101 Bid
EARLY IRIS BELLEEK BLACK MARK TRIDACNA TEA SET
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
EARLY IRIS BELLEEK BLACK MARK TRIDACNA TEA SET
by White's Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
BELLEEK HEXAGON BLACK MARK TEASET
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
BELLEEK HEXAGON BLACK MARK TEASET
by White's Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
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2 BELLEEK CUPS & SAUCERS - BROWN MARK
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
2 BELLEEK CUPS & SAUCERS - BROWN MARK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD20- AUD50
AUD201 Bid
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BELLEEK JUG & BOWL - BROWN MARK
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
BELLEEK JUG & BOWL - BROWN MARK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD30- AUD80
AUD301 Bid
Vintage Lot of 2 Lily White Belleek Open Sugar Bowls
Dec 12, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Lot of 2 Lily White Belleek Open Sugar Bowls
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$150 Bids
Trio of Three Vases
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Trio of Three Vases
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
HAND PAINTED AMERICAN BELLEEK TANKARD
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
HAND PAINTED AMERICAN BELLEEK TANKARD
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Lot of Two Belleek Articles
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
Lot of Two Belleek Articles
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Belleek Dog
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Dog
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $80- $800
$800 Bids
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
Dec 03, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Heart Shape Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Belleek Bowl
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Yellow Ribbon Belleek Bucket
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Yellow Ribbon Belleek Bucket
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $10- $100
$100 Bids
A Belleek Angel Font
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Angel Font
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
A Belleek Ashtray
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek Ashtray
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
PAIR 1ST PERIOD BELLEEK CANDLEABRAS
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
PAIR 1ST PERIOD BELLEEK CANDLEABRAS
by Sheppards
Est: €3,000- €5,000
€1,8000 Bids
Lot of 3 Belleek Porcelain Items
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Lot of 3 Belleek Porcelain Items
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $25- $50
$100 Bids
A Belleek Rathmore biscuit jar, second p
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A Belleek Rathmore biscuit jar, second p
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £40- £70
£250 Bids
A Belleek 1971 Christmas Plate
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek 1971 Christmas Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Belleek 1972 Christmas Plate
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek 1972 Christmas Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Belleek 1976 Christmas Plate
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek 1976 Christmas Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids
A Belleek 1977 Christmas Plate
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Belleek 1977 Christmas Plate
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $15- $150
$150 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Belleek Pottery


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

White's Auctions

White's Auctions

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Adam's

Adam's